Speakers: End Of Marijuana Prohibition A Matter Of Time

OREGON: U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer says the end is in sight for a national prohibition on marijuana that has lasted eight decades.

A retired California judge who was the Libertarian Party’s vice presidential nominee in 2012 thinks the end could come within the next two years.

Blumenauer, an Oregon Democrat, and Judge Jim Gray offered their outlooks in separate appearances Saturday and Sunday at the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference at the Portland Hilton.

Blumenauer, who spoke Sept. 13, said he has already made a public bet broadcast in New Hampshire, which holds the nation’s first presidential primary. “In five years, we will have turned a corner. We will be treating marijuana as we do alcohol,” Blumenauer says. “States will do what they want, and the federal government will get out of the way.”


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.