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Ellen Rosenblum’s Victory Ushers In A New Era In Marijuana Politics

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Ellen Rosenblum’s victory yesterday in the Oregon Democratic Primary will go down in history as a major turning point in marijuana reform. Ellen Rosenblum ran on a pro-marijuana platform and won convincingly. Dwight Holton and the ignorant media outlets that endorsed him are already trying to spin his loss into a ‘drug reformers bought this election’ story. To show how warrant-less such a claim is, look at how much money each candidate raised. Drug reformers didn’t buy the election – they evened the playing field. Once all things were about equal, Dwight Holton got DOMINATED.

In one of Dwight Holton’s fundraising e-mails, he made the claim that Ellen was essentially committing political suicide by aligning with the marijuana community…What was the final tally in the election you ask? Ellen beat Holton by a LANDSLIDE (64-36). I would give anything to talk to Dwight Holton today, and see how he feels about his campaign strategy. When a candidate with Holton’s resume gets punked on Election Day to the tune of almost 30% points, I think it’s obvious who committed political suicide yesterday. DON’T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU IN THE ASS DWIGHT! I can almost guarantee Dwight’s political career is over, because after all, who wants to support a candidate that had every major media endorsement, and hundreds of thousands of dollars, yet couldn’t even crack 40% on Election Day!?

Let this be a lesson to all political strategists in America, as well as marijuana opponents that the candidates they are thinking about fielding. Times have changed drastically. The days when a pro-marijuana candidate doesn’t get any respect are over. If you are a smart politician (oxymoron?), you will realize that you will get more votes supporting marijuana reform than you will fighting it. By all measures Ellen won this race due in large part to her support of the marijuana community. I guarantee this will become a trend going forward. In case anyone out there didn’t see it, below is an interview from March 23rd that Ellen Rosenblum did for The Weed Blog. From what I can tell, it was the first interview of her campaign, which if it’s true, would be a pretty cool thing:

Q: If marijuana is confiscated from a medical marijuana patient, and it is determined that the patient committed no crimes, would you instruct law enforcement to return the medical marijuana that was seized?

Yes. The law on the books in Oregon currently requires the return of seized marijuana under certain limited circumstances. As Attorney General, if those circumstances exist, I would advise law enforcement agencies to return marijuana to card-holding patients.

Q: Last year many medical marijuana gardens were raided, and many threatening letters were sent to medical marijuana businesses. Should we expect similar actions if you are elected, or will you take a different approach?

I will take a different approach. I strongly support the right of patients to obtain the medicine they need to help them cope with their medical conditions. The voters of Oregon enacted the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA), and I support their decision. Additionally, I do not see the enforcement of laws against marijuana an effective use of our limited public resources. The priorities of the next Attorney General should be protecting children, families, and the elderly from abuse and fighting for consumers by taking on criminals, scammers, and corporations that break the law — not marijuana enforcement.

Q: Oregon will likely join Colorado and Washington with a marijuana legalization initiative on the ballot in the 2012 election. What are your thoughts on this type of initiative?

Marijuana should be the lowest priority of law enforcement. My position would of course depend on the language of the initiative, but I support directing our scarce public safety resources towards other purposes.

Q: If Oregon voters approved marijuana legalization at the ballot box, would you respect the will of the voters, or would you uphold the will of the federal government?

As Attorney General, I will defend the laws of Oregon adopted by the voters or the Legislature.

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  2. I have been following my state senator, District 18, Nederland, Ward, Jamestown, complete city of Boulder, Colorado and watching how my reps vote as well. Those that are up for reelection will have to answer. I want President Obama to answer as well. What is his frigging problem with marijuana? Colorado, get the vote out, let’s get this passed. This November 6, Vote YES ON 64! 

  3.   I wonder how many years is the Judge in DC going to take to make a ruling on the case that was tried on March 26th 2012.

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  4. Klaus Vorman on

    This is what the movement needs!  We Need hundreds more politicians like  Ellen Rosenblum

  5. World_of_rubio on

    We need more politicians like you to take office, politicians who defend and protect the people not terrorrize and destroy the people.

  6. I Voted for Ellen Rosenblum. Oh… Happy Day!  Ellen is not only Pro Medical Marijuana, she is also Oregons first Female Attorney General… Kind of hard to believe that such a progressive state as Oregon would take so long to elect a woman to the office of A.G.  This is a very proud day for the people of Oregon!

  7. Vetforpeace11 on

    Great article / interview!  That’s what elected officials are supposed to do protect the very public they are elected and sworn in to serve.  Thank you for standing up for will of the people Ellen Rosenblum!  I don’t live in Oregon; but it would behoove others running for an elected official to uphold, enforce state laws and not allow the feds to do there thing!

  8. CONGRATULATION Ms.Rosenblum Dean Shwag and I was rooting for you and we expressed the importance to the people of Oregon how crucial it was for them to support Ms.Rosenblum over Will not smoke one Holton. 
    Your Truly 
    Professor Bluntston 

  9. Let em know that we DO VOTE! I think Mr Obama’s in for rude awakening! People are gonna remember this and ALL his broken promises. He’s SCREWED too many DIFFERENT voting blocks.

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