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Former U.S. Attorney Endorses Marijuana Legalization Initiative in Oregon

The campaign to legalization marijuana in Oregon continues to steadily pick up endorsements. On Monday a former United States Attorney Kris Olson came out in support of Initiative 91, which would legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana for adults. Olson served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon from 1994 to 2001.

In a press release Olson said, “I enforced our marijuana laws, and they don’t work. Filling our courts and jails has failed to reduce marijuana use, and drug cartels are pocketing all the profits.”

The measure has already been endorsed by the state’s largest paper, the Oregon Democratic party, the local ACLU, City Club of Portland, and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR).

This announcement is part of the campaign preparing for its final push. While election day is technically six weeks away Oregon is a vote-by-mail state so most people will actually cast their votes several weeks earlier.

Very little public polling has been done in Oregon but a poll from earlier this year shows the initiative supported by a narrow majority.

Jon Walker is the author of After Legalization: Understanding the future of marijuana policy, which is on sale this week for just $0.99!

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at http://pendinghorizon.com

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