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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.

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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