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Reefer Madness

Different opinions are made about the criminalization of marijuana in Oregon.

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I love pot. I hate pot. I don’t care about pot. The best we can tell, that’s the message that’s been coming out of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Portland over the last six months as it wrestles with how to reconcile federal law with Oregon’s liberal medical marijuana laws. Last week, U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall (yes, that’s a real name and not a Hollywood creation) told the Associated Press that she was concerned about the criminalization of Oregon’s medical marijuana culture, but also indicated that she wasn’t opposed to the underlying legislation.
Pundits have speculated her stance could be motivated by the political fate of her predecessor, Dwight Holton, who sharply criticized the law and led a crackdown on medical marijuana. His reward was a trouncing in the state attorney general primary earlier this month by an opponent who had a more measured approach. Of course, Marshall quickly moved into damage control mode after pro-pot groups took her statements to mean that she’s taking a hands-off approach to medical pot.

Here’s a novel idea. Let’s change marijuana’s classification from a schedule one drug down to a schedule two, three or four. Doing so would take the feds out of it entirely and save Ms. Marshall the verbal gymnastics and keep the federal government’s hands where they belong—off our bongs.

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