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Federal Senator Says He Will Vote ‘Yes’ On Marijuana Legalization


jeff merkley marijuana oregon senatorThere are a number of United States Representatives that have expressed support for marijuana legalization. What was once considered political suicide (supporting marijuana legalization), is not becoming more and more common. However, getting a United States Senator to express support for marijuana legalization has been much more rare. I am proud to say that one of my U.S. Senators, Jeff Merkley, has not only expressed support for marijuana legalization, he says that he intends to vote ‘yes’ on it during the 2014 Election. Per Talking Points Memo:

Sen. Jeff Merkley says he plans to vote for a ballot measure on Election Day to legalize marijuana in Oregon.

“I lean in support of it,” the Democratic senator told TPM in an interview on Wednesday.

“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.”

I’m hopeful that this leads to more United States Senators coming out of the ‘marijuana closet.’ I know there has to be many, many more Senators that support marijuana reform, and even likely consume marijuana. We just needed one to step up, which has happened, and now I’m sure it will encourage others to follow once they see that such a move is more popular than staying silent or expressing direct opposition to reform.


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  1. It’s funny how so many politicians put on this hilarious song and dance about cutting the federal budget because we are in too much debt, but one of the biggest money pits (the so called war on drugs) will just keep adding to that deficit. The federal hearing can be historical thing if the judge sides with the doctor’s, but that would likely be career ending for the judge if the decision was in favor of the doctors, so its unlikely they will win. I really do hope they win, but we all know what happens if the decision is in their favor, an appeal happens and they use judges who will definitely overturn the ruling. I want to be optimistic about it, but I just don’t see it happening.

  2. Im very happy for you oregon sorry to say i live in Texas and i think because of the border and problems there Texas will probley never legalize no worries though im gettin the hell out of here soon (i hope) ..but Congrats to you and hopefully others will follow.There are so many uses for the cannabis plant beond the medical use that the US would benefit from but what do i know rite..any ways congrats again and good luck..

  3. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La is against medical cannabis. Landrieu’s main challenger, Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La.. favors medical cannabis. And the Koch Bros? They support legaization of cannabis through the Reason Foundation and Cato.org.

  4. I sure hope so. There are so many good representatives that could be working toward fixing this countries problems but instead follow the left – right paradigm instead of the US ideal. I am so tired of the divided approach to working together.

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