Oregon Legislature Hates Marijuana More Than It Respects Democracy

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This last election, a group of activists calling themselves New Approach Oregon wrote an initiative called Measure 91. Following the dictates of the Oregon Constitution, they got state approval for their marijuana legalization language, collected enough signatures, placed it on the ballot, and won with 56 percent of the statewide vote. Oregon passed marijuana legalization with the greatest level of support of any of the four states that have legalized so far.

But this past weekend it was announced that the legislature will radically alter that statewide legalization in such a way that half the state of Oregon will still prohibit marijuana.

When Measure 91 passed in Oregon, it generally carried the populous areas of the state, like Portland and Eugene, while the vast, sparsely-populated counties on the east side of the Cascade Mountains rejected Measure 91. And those counties really, really hate potheads. East of the mountains might as...

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