Today, Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) released the following statement on the defeat of the Ohio ballot initiative to legalize marijuana:
“The defeat of the Ohio measure in no way slows down the revolution taking place across the country to end the failed prohibition of marijuana. Many legalization supporters were skeptical the measure under consideration was the right approach in Ohio. I look forward to seeing more states join Oregon, Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and the District of Columbia in legalizing marijuana the right way.
“As more and more states consider marijuana reforms, it emphasizes the need for the federal government to get out of the way. Voters should not have to make these decisions with the threat of needless and wasteful federal interference. I’m convinced the day is coming when we will legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana at the federal level. It’s the right to do.”