Oregon Officials Face Off Over Marijuana

OREGON:  After a week of growling at each other in the press, one of Oregon’s most outspoken district attorneys against marijuana legalization and the legalization-supporting congressman who represents the Portland area had their first chance Friday to trade barbs in person.

Mostly, they traded numbers.

Oregon would take in at least $10 million in revenue, 25 percent would go to law enforcement, and no people have died of a marijuana overdose, said U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore.

“This is an opportunity to get our priorities straight,” Blumenauer said. “These are the same arguments we heard 90 years ago about alcohol.”

There are fewer than 100 people in prison for marijuana in Oregon and 60,000 medical marijuana patients, and Denver is awash in 600 retail marijuana stores since Colorado legalized the drug, replied Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis.


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