State of Oregon Archives: on Drugs
Pilot program for growing industrial hemp
Senate Bill 6206 would legalize and license the growth of industrial hemp. The bill would create a pilot program supervised by the state Agriculture Department allowing selected growers to farm on certain plots of land. If it received funding,
Washington State University could study the program and analyze whether officials should "encourage and support the development of an industrial hemp industry in the state of Washington."
Source: Seattle Times on Oregon voting record for Senate Bill 6206
Mar 11, 2016
Liberalize recreational marijuana use but regulate it
Gov. Kate Brown has˙signed two bills˙that make key changes to Oregon's recreational marijuana program, including one that removes a 2-year residency requirement for marijuana licensees˙and another that aims to draw small medical growers into the
HB-4014 Legislative Summary:Makes changes to laws regulating production, processing, sale, use and governance of cannabis:
A marijuana producer must have a production license; that license must be annually renewed.
SB-1598 Legislative Summary:Exempts research marijuana from requiring a license to produce marijuana;; allows for fingerprinting of applica
Source: The Oregonian on SB-1598 & HB-4014 legislative voting record
Mar 7, 2016
Fearful rhetoric about marijuana leads to waste, not safety
Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Marijuana is a gateway drug"?
A: Strongly oppose. Decades of fearful rhetoric about the "dangers" of marijuana has led to a waste of human assets, and a waste of taxpayer dollars, without making us safer.
Source: Email interview on 2016 Oregon Senate race with OnTheIssues
Jan 1, 2016
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
Voted NO on retail medical marijuana establishments
HB 3460: Authorizes Retail Medical Marijuana Establishments (Concurrence Vote Passed House, 31-28); Conger voted Nay
Source: 2013-2014 Oregon Senate & House legislative voting records
Jul 6, 2013
- 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.
- The registration system must require documentation that demonstrates the medical marijuana facility meets the state qualifications
- To qualify for registration, a medical marijuana facility:
- Must be located in an area that is zoned for commercial or industrial use
- May not be located at the same address as a marijuana grow site
- Must be registered as a business with
the Office of the Secretary of State
- Must not be located within 1,000 feet of a public or private elementary or secondary school
- Must not be located within 1,000 feet of another medical marijuana facility.
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
Smith supports the following principles regarding drug issues:
Source: Oregon Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test
Jun 18, 2008
- Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
- Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Require that crimes based on sexual orientation be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
Decriminalize medicinal marijuana
Kitzhaber indicates he supports the following principles concerning crime:
Source: Oregon Gubernatorial 1998 National Political Awareness Test
Nov 1, 1998
- Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
- Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
- Strengthen penalties and sentences for sex offenders.
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