OREGON—(ENEWSPF)—January 5, 2018
By: Anthony Johnson, Director, New Approach Oregon
Attorney General Jeff Sessions was opposed by cannabis legalization supporters for good reason as he’s had a long history of supporting Reefer Madness policies. Despite Donald Trump’s campaign promise to respect states’ rights to implement their own marijuana laws, Sessions announcement that he’s repealing Barack Obama’s Cole Memo breaks that promise.
While Reefer Madness prohibitionists that oppose cannabis legalization are celebrating today, they are similar to racist segregationists that supported the arrest of Rosa Parks when she refused to move to the back of the bus. Prohibitionists are on the wrong side of history by supporting a failed policy that wastes resources and disproportionately harms people of color and those battling poverty, and they don’t realize that the movement for freedom just got stronger today.
Of course, Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer is doing all that he can to push back against Jeff Sessions, and we can count on our entire Democratic delegation to stand up for the will of Oregon voters. Governor Kate Brown is also working hard to protect the 19,000-plus jobs and millions in revenue that marijuana businesses have brought to the state.
Attorney General Sessions is also receiving pushback from Republicans all over the country. Colorado Republican Senator Corey Gardner basically called Sessions a liar on the Senate floor and is threatening to stall all Justice Department nominees.
So what now?
First of all, don’t expect any big changes in Oregon. If you responsibly use cannabis and shop at our licensed and regulated retail outlets, continue to do so. However, if you care about cannabis legalization and the will of Oregon voters to be free of Jeff Sessions’ morality police, it is imperative that we take action.
SOME ACTIONS TO TAKE
Donate to Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s Cannabis Fund. Representative Blumenauer is raising money to further our cause by electing legalization-supporting candidates and defeating Reefer Madness prohibitionists like Texas Republican Pete Sessions.
Contact Oregon Republican Greg Walden if you are his constituent and encourage friends and family that live in his district to do the same. Simply state that you are his constituent and that you want him to respect the will of Oregon voters to implement our own marijuana laws. Walden needs to support the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment and any federal provision that will protect Oregon’s marijuana laws.
We will strike back stronger than ever
We knew that our fight for freedom wouldn’t end when we passed Measure 91 in 2014. We have continued the fight to implement sound cannabis policies across the state and will continue to do so. Now, with Jeff Sessions trying to roll back progress across the country, we are more motivated than ever to end the failed and harmful policy of cannabis prohibition.
We will continue to keep you posted as we mobilize to protect our successes and improve our state’s, and nation’s, marijuana laws.