Thursday, May 31, 2012

Pro-Pot Former Judge Clinches Democratic Nom for Oregon's AG Post, Defeats Drug Warrior

Ellen Rosenblum, a former judge who campaigned on a pro-marijuana platform, defeated an outspoken anti-pot former U.S. attorney for the Democratic nomination for Oregon attorney general The Raw Story and the Seattle Times reports.

Rosenblaum, bolstered by more than 50,000 registered marijuana smokers in the state, snatched the election from Dwight Holton. Advocates of marijuana piled on contributions to Rosenblaum.

An outspoken critic of Oregon's medical marijuana laws, Holton had also overseen raids on medical marijuana growers during his tenure as interim U.S. attorney.

The former judge's website stated: "I do not believe that prosecuting people for possessing small amounts of marijuana represents the best use of our resources. A better use of those resources is providing more treatment options for people with drug and alcohol addiction. As Attorney General, I will make marijuana enforcement a low priority, and protect the rights of medical marijuana patients."

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