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Southern Oregon Media Outlet’s Marijuana ‘News Story’ Is A Disgrace


ktvl channel 10 medford marijuana oregonWhat terrible journalism by KTVL Channel 10 in Medford, Oregon! In a recent TV “news” report on Measure 91, the sheriff of Klamath County spouted off the typical fear-mongering arguments against legalizing and taxing marijuana with no facts or data to back it up. He said moving marijuana from a market controlled by dealers and cartels into a regulated, inspected, legalized market would cause chaos and death on the roads and make it impossible for meager budgets of agencies like his to cover the cost of enforcement. The story was misleading, inaccurate and unfair. Viewers and voters deserve better.

This sheriff (and the “news reporter,” Jessica De Nova) seems to ignore the fact that 10% of the tens of millions of dollars raised by taxes on legal marijuana in Measure 91 will go specifically to county law enforcement. Another 25% of the money will go to state and city law enforcement. Not to mention the massive savings from not arresting, processing and sending through court of that 100 – 200 people he arrests every year for marijuana related crimes. By the way, the mega-donor to the “No on 91 Campaign” is the Oregon’s Sheriff’s Association.

Next door in Jackson County, the sheriff’s office arrests or cites north of 1,500 citizens a year for marijuana. More than Multnomah County (containing the city of Portland) which has 3.5x the population of Jackson County. Deputies there in Jackson bust 150% of Mult Co’s totals. They make a living running down small-time marijuana users instead of protecting citizens from violent crime and cartels in Southern Oregon. Law enforcement there could use the new money and cost savings from a regulated marijuana system to make sure someone is available to respond when a person calls 911.

Measure 91 allows police to refocus resources to protecting the roads from drivers impaired by anything: prescription painkillers, alcohol or just plain fatigue. Freeing officers up from chasing marijuana users is like hiring more cops from day one to keep us safer. Oregon State Police say they will hire more troopers with the tax revenue generated by Measure 91. They will train any officer in Oregon, paid for with money from M91, in advanced roadside sobriety testing. More attention to the roads is our first, best defense against dangerous drivers. Measure 91 provides that.

All we have to do is look at Washington and Colorado. Since legal marijuana sales began there fatalities on the roads are down. DUI arrests in Washington are down (pg. 8). Those are state police statistics. Not the opinions of one sheriff who thinks bad things might happen.

This one-sided hit piece of a news story was a disservice to voters. It choked the public airwaves with the opinions of the people who are funding the opponents of Measure 91 but failed to to tell the other side of the story — the side that reflects what a majority of Oregonians feel. The reporter failed in her duties to be a watchdog for democracy and instead became a mouthpiece for a failed war on marijuana that has ruined tens-of-thousands of lives, cost taxpayers hundreds-of-millions of dollars and allowed drug dealers and violent cartels to take over Southern Oregon. I hope she will make an effort to at least fix the record and tell the other side of the story. Readers, let these TV reporters know that you demand fair coverage and unbiased reporting.

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Reporter Twitter: @JessicaDeNova10
Reporter FB: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jessica-De-Nova/294462400658664


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  1. …I hit post by accident…
    There is some speculation that Goebbels did not say the quote above but he did write this one in 1941 and it is just as true today as then and applies to Kevin Sabet especially.

    “One should not as a rule reveal one’s secrets, since one does not know if and when one may need them again. The essential English leadership secret does not depend on particular intelligence. Rather, it depends on a remarkably stupid thick-headedness. The English follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous.”

  2. The problem is these are not lies and falsehoods to the die-hard prohibitionists and their mindless minons. We are “criminals” and prohibition (and law enfarcement) is all that keeps us from ruining their lives. Reformers are making a difference but there are still more of them than us and the propaganda has been effective. You know the saying by Joseph Goebbels (a respected Nazi)…

    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
    Joseph Goebbels

  3. “”the fact that 10% of the tens of millions of dollars raised by taxes on legal marijuana in Measure 91 will go specifically to county law enforcement. Another 25% of the money will go to state and city law enforcement.””

    The bastards do not deserve one fucking penny of tax dollars from legal weed. I used to think that it was a necessary move to placate LE but now I’m feeling that the very people that have continued, lobbied, and supported the arrest of peaceful pot users need a “punishment”, not a reward. I’m not advocating violence in any form but just taking the easy arrests away from them would be sweet justice.

  4. stellarvoyager on

    I wonder what campaign finance laws may have been violated by this broadcast, particularly as it appears to be an in-kind contribution to the no on 91 campaign by this TV station.

  5. stellarvoyager on

    If a cause has to rely on lies, distortions and misrepresentations in order to wage its campaign, it is not a cause worth supporting. If a cause cannot withstand scrutiny on its own merits, then it is not a just cause. That is cannabis prohibition, which must be propped up by increasingly contorted contradictions and falsehoods in a desperate attempt to maintain power. Prohibition is not now, and never has been, a just cause. It is both expensive and cruel. The fact that the opposition to measure 91 has no solid arguments, and must resort to lies about cannabis and cannabis consumers, and gross misrepresentations of measure 91, is all the reason anyone should need to see how unjust they are.

  6. The station knows their audience:


    > Klamath County is represented in the Oregon House of Representatives by two Republicans, Bill Garrard and Mike McLane, and in the Oregon State Senate by Republican Doug Whitsett. Federally, Greg Walden, a Republican, is Klamath County’s representative in the United States House. The county has reliably given a majority of its votes to Republican politicians for years; the last time a Democratic candidate for US president carried Klamath County was in 1964, when Lyndon Johnson won by a landslide nationwide against Barry Goldwater — but only by three percentage points in Klamath County.

  7. I’ve only experienced mild problems with that respect, and I am a fairly inflammatory commenter. I probably have lots of deleted comments for using words like moron. For instance, I doubt my comments calling city officials “morons” for trying to implement city taxes on Cannabis after M-91 passes. I call them morons because they are passing laws in response to 91 without even reading it- if they did their job and actually read M-91, they would know that city taxes on Cannabis are illegal according to Section 42 of the bill.

  8. The Sheriff understands his department makes more through seizures than it will from a standard budget controlled by the legislators. Plus, he will have less arbitrary power over the community (generally lots of head turning if the local authority otherwise approves of you).

  9. He is running scared because he knows that the Easy and LOW risk arrests will evaporate and he will actually have to WORK for a living.

  10. Hey Johnny, I’ve noticed a wave of cannabis activists being systematically booted, from face blk and moving to G+ and other sites. At the same time I have noticed that the prohibitionists are growing on there with no way to reply without a facebook account. sounds like Fb is choosing sides

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