GRANTS PASS, Ore.– Voters in Josephine county are being asked to decide on a measure to ban genetically modified plants from the county. Even if Measure 17-58 is passed, it will be hard to enforce.
Last October Oregon Representatives passed a bill making it illegal to ban GMOs from any city or county in the state. Jackson County was an exception to the rule because they were already approved to be on the ballot before January 31st. It is not illegal to place the measure on the ballot, but nothing will change if the measure passes.
Activists said despite the law, they hope voters will make their voices heard in this election. This is what voters had to say.
YES: 58% with 13,773 votes
NO: 42% with 10,131 votes