Pot Legalization Just Got Another Big Endorsement
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Pot Legalization Just Got Another Big Endorsement
Posted by CN Staff on September 22, 2014 at 15:33:26 PT
By Courtney Sherwood
Source: Reuters
Portland, Ore. -- A former U.S. attorney for Oregon has endorsed an upcoming referendum to legalize recreational marijuana in the state and tax and regulate its sales, saying on Monday that laws banning the drug have failed to curb its use.Kris Olson, who served as Oregon's chief federal prosecutor during the Clinton administration, is the latest public figure to endorse the ballot measure, which if approved by voters in November would allow recreational use of marijuana for those older than 21.
U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat, and former Oregon Supreme Court Justice Bill Riggs have also both spoken out in favor of legalization."I enforced our marijuana laws, and they don't work," Olson said in a statement announcing her endorsement."Filling our courts and jails has failed to reduce marijuana use, and drug cartels are pocketing all the profits," she said, citing federal statistics that show about one in 14 Oregon arrests is for marijuana possession.Meanwhile, the anti-legalization campaign, No On 91, reported its largest financial contribution to date on Friday. The Oregon State Sheriff's Association contributed $100,000 to efforts to defeat the initiative, according to campaign finance disclosures.Recent polling indicates that the Oregon ballot measure is slightly favored to pass, though a similar effort failed two years ago.Washington state and Colorado this year became the first two U.S. states to permit recreational sales of marijuana. Alaska and the District of Columbia will also decide on recreational marijuana measures in November. Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Jim LoneySource: Reuters (Wire)Author: Courtney SherwoodPublished: September 22, 2014Copyright: 2014 Thomson ReutersCannabisNews   -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #7 posted by Oleg the Tumor on September 24, 2014 at 17:11:49 PT
Universer  #3    Thank You!
It is a good read  and no pseudo-anything, totalitarianism is what it is. Megalomaniacs realize too late that a compromised ambition has no "off" switch. Until they figure it out the hard way, everybody else has to suffer.
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Comment #6 posted by schmeff on September 23, 2014 at 08:06:33 PT
Don't think for a moment that the valiant membership of the Sheriff's Assoc. dug deep into their pockets to pony-up their hard earned money for the cause. Not a chance.Those funds were undoubtedly "forfeited" by the citizens that these parasites so efficiently fleece.
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Comment #5 posted by schmeff on September 23, 2014 at 07:54:37 PT
I Call BS
"If you don't like the laws, change them." We just follow the will of the people."We don't write the laws, we just enforce them." We have no dog in the fight.             ***"The Oregon State Sheriff's Association contributed $100,000 to efforts to defeat the initiative, according to campaign finance disclosures."(Full disclosure: I Shot The Sheriff. But I did not shoot the Deputy. Big mistake. The Deputy is now the Sheriff, and she's twice as psychotic and corrupt.)
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on September 23, 2014 at 05:54:53 PT
On record.
The Oregon State Sheriff's Association contributed $100,000 to efforts to defeat the initiative...FULL DISCLOSURE.I'd like for people to see a full $$$ account of what the sheriff's will lose if the superplant becomes RE-legalized in order to further expose their honest interest.It's a gravy issue.$100K is an investment.
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Comment #3 posted by Universer on September 22, 2014 at 21:19:55 PT
OT: - U.S. Used To Tax & Regulate
Apologies if this has been posted elsewhere on CNews.Off-topic: A transcribed interview of a historian by, in which she articulates the case that the scourge that is the War On Drugs has its roots not in racial or class discrimination but a sort of (my word) pseudototalitarianism. sure how to precisely categorize this piece, other than to call it "a good read."
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Comment #2 posted by runruff on September 22, 2014 at 16:43:10 PT
The Oregon State Sheriff's Asso.
They want the legal authority to rob and steal. They are vermin in uniform. The atrocities committed by these comic book heroes have been kept from the public by the Main Stream Media. They will be hung out to dry by the fed after the war on our freedoms are won on this front.While running for office I was able to get the sense that the day of obscene police budgets are over, as well as their protected atrocities.The shelf life of the useful idiot is not guaranteed The winds of change can blow away their straw houses like the Three Little Pigs and it will!
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Comment #1 posted by observer on September 22, 2014 at 16:37:01 PT
Pot Laws ''Work'' Just Fine, For Police State
(Note: a "former U.S. attorney") re: "I enforced our marijuana laws, and they don't work"Not from the point of view of stopping use of pot - or helping people, or keeping people healthier and happier than they would be otherwise. No, marijuana laws don't work for that.What they do work for is police and prosecutor careers. That's where pot prohibition shines: in burnishing the resumes of prosecutor and policeman. Pot prohibition (taxes, forfeiture) puts dinner on the table for thousands of police in the USA in all levels of government. Jailing pot-heads really brings home the bacon for prosecutors, too. Let's not forget the for-profit prison industry, either: marijuana laws mean big-time profits for companies like GEO Group and General Electric. So for the "stakeholders" in government and corporation, marijuana laws work great for them, earning them salaries, careers, and big profits. For the rabble, for the little guy, for the small-time pot seller and user who gets busted and forfeits their money, property and freedom to the police state, not so good. But for police, prosecutor and politician: marijuana laws "let the good times roll". They're laughing all the way to the bank, as we languish in forced-slavery prison camps for pot "crimes". Sweet deal for government, raw deal for us. 
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