Salem, OR -

With momentum growing behind the idea of legal marijuana, leaders in the Oregon House are saying the Legislature should write the bill itself.

The Salem Statesman Journal reports that even opponents of legalization say that's a better course than risking voter approval next year of a poorly written measure.

Two years ago, Oregon voters rejected a measure written by pot activist Paul Stanford -- the same year voters in Colorado and Washington passed legalization measures.

Stanford's measure was criticized as poorly drafted. Backers who poured money into the Colorado and Washington campaigns shunned his measure.

An aide confirms that House Speaker Tina Kotek has told leaders in the House that Oregon risks having a bad law if the Legislature doesn't write its own proposal.