State of Oregon Archives: on Drugs

Jeff Merkley: Positives of pot legalization outweigh the negatives

Oregon's junior senator said that, on balance, he supports a measure on the November ballot that would legalize marijuana in his state. Sen. Jeff Merkley said that while both sides make strong cases for and against Measure 91, the positives of legalization outweigh the negatives. Here's where he stands:

"I think folks on both sides of the argument make a good case," Merkley said. "And there is concern about a series of new products--and we don't have a real track record from Colorado and Washington. But I feel on balance that we spend a lot of money on our criminal justice system in the wrong places and I lean in favor of this ballot measure."

While politicians nationwide have been reluctant to stake out a position on the issue, Merkley is unlikely to be the last to so explicitly announce his support for legalization as attitudes toward the drug continue to shift. As an increasingly clear majority of Americans support the idea of legalizing the drug, more are expected to follow.

Source: Washington Post on 2014 Oregon Senate debate Oct 24, 2014

Jason Conger: Voted NO on retail medical marijuana establishments

HB 3460: Authorizes Retail Medical Marijuana Establishments (Concurrence Vote Passed House, 31-28); Conger voted Nay
  1. The Oregon Health Authority shall establish by rule a medical marijuana facility registration system to authorize the transfer of usable marijuana and immature marijuana plants from a marijuana grow site to the medical marijuana facility.
  2. The registration system must require documentation that demonstrates the medical marijuana facility meets the state qualifications
  3. To qualify for registration, a medical marijuana facility:
Source: 2013-2014 Oregon Senate & House legislative records Jul 6, 2013

Jeff Merkley: Toughen laws against meth traffickers

Merkley says federal money should pay for 500 more police in Oregon. [Merkley proposes] a $309 million anti-crime package aimed at reversing Bush administration cuts in aid to local law enforcement.

Merkley hopes his crime-fighting proposals will respond to voter concerns about high levels of methamphetamine use and cuts to law enforcement in many Oregon communities.

Merkley wants the federal government to pay the costs of adding another 50,000 local police officers around the country, as well as additional prosecutors and resources for crime labs. He would also toughen laws against meth traffickers, toughen reporting requirements for sex offenders and expand federal laws against child pornography.

Source: By Jeff Mapes, The Oregonian Jul 2, 2008

Gordon Harold Smith: Mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs

Source: Oregon Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jun 18, 2008

John Kitzhaber: Decriminalize medicinal marijuana

Source: Oregon Gubernatorial 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

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