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Wife Of Leading Oregon Marijuana Opponent Wants To Grow Legal Marijuana


This last week there was a fantastic debate between United States Representative Earl Blumenauer (for) and Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis (against). The topic of the debate was Oregon Measure 91, which would legalize marijuana in Oregon if approved by voters in November. As always, I was not able to attend the debate because I was stuck in my cubicle, but fortunately valued contributor to The Weed Blog Russ Belville was there to capture video of the debate, which can be seen below. Please consider making a donation to Russ so he can keep doing his great work, and I can keep living vicariously through his activism!

I followed the debate on Twitter, and was blown away when I saw OPB’s Chris Lehman tweet the following:

Marquis says his wife is in favor of #marijuana legalization & could probably grow some “awesome weed” if given the chance. #orpol

Josh Marquis is the face of the opposition in Oregon right now, leading the anti-marijuana movement during this election. It must be hard for him to keep his composure knowing that his own wife doesn’t agree with his anti-marijuana views. Watch the video below to see the debate. If Josh Marquis is the best the opposition has to offer for debates like this one, they are doomed.


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  1. Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis in this debate talks about teen use of Marijuana and the problems associated with their mental development. Well the “Study” that addresses this issue covers the 18- to 25-year olds and….

    Jodi M. Gilman, John K. Kuster, Sang Lee, Myung Joo Lee, Byoung Woo Kim, Nikos Makris, Andre Van Der Kouwe, Anne J. Blood and Hans C. Breiter.Cannabis Use is Quantitatively Associated with Nucleus Accumbens and Amygdala Abnormalities in Young Adult Recreational Users. Journal of Neuroscience, April 16, 2014 (in press)

    In the current study, Jodi Gilman, PhD, Anne Blood, PhD, and Hans Breiter, MD, of Northwestern University and Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to compare the brains of 18- to 25-year olds who reported smoking marijuana at least once per week with those with little to no history of marijuana use. Although psychiatric evaluations ruled out the possibility that the marijuana users were dependent on the drug, imaging data revealed they had significant brain differences. The nucleus accumbens — a brain region known to be involved in reward processing — was larger and altered in its shape and structure in the marijuana users compared to non-users.
    What this study says or implies is that it is a negative thing. Why is this a bad thing. How about a study using the same controls for Alcohol, Bath Salts, and Religion on the same region of the brain. I want to see that study because Science doesn’t have a full understanding of the brain and that may lead to fear based conclusions that may not indicate a problem.

  2. Try 4700+ years for medical usage documented and 10,000+ years for association from archeological sites.
    Cannabis is the most researched plant on the planet with more research papers each year than any other plant.
    (Israeli research is probably the most advanced)The history of Cannabis is only sketchy if you ignore the facts. Personal observation starting in junior high in 1957 and tours in Turkey(I had an Ivy League roommate who knew his Hashish) and Nam have all convinced me that Cannabis is for myself and the huge majority relatively benign with benefits to my quality of life and no problems stopping usage over extended periods of time.

  3. Too bad Johnny Green didn’t add that useful bit of information — “the 20-minute mark” — to his post instead of engaging in pre-victory chest-pounding.

    Let’s hope Jeremy Moberg reads this, Russ, and takes pity on you. According to Willamette Week, Moberg is “on the precipice of becoming a millionaire.”

  4. They make this neat little feature where you can fast forward a video. Try starting the 20 minute mark.

    And I’d love more donations from growers, maybe I could afford an editor.

  5. 10,000 years in our fields and herb gardens- no problems. 80 years of “Reefer Madness” prohibition- SWAT Teams raiding the wrong addresses – repeatedly – not to trivialize the loss of innocent human life, but why do they have to shoot small family pets for barking at them? The harm done by regulation far outweighs the ‘potential’ for harm through legalization. In the hierarchy of fears where would you place Tommy Chong and Willie Nelson getting high compared to a SWAT Team breaking into your bedroom and shooting your dog on a wrong address warrant? ?

  6. Apparently the video isn’t edited. I’m really not interested in listening to people eat. I did see an excerpt of the debate on another Website, and Marquis more than held his own. He spoke without notes, while Earl stuck to reading from the playbook.

    At least Salem City Club provided a debate. Portland City Club apparently isn’t.

    Instead of asking for donations for Russ, why not ask one of the marijuana farmers, who will soon be millionaires, to help kick in to cover the cost of Russ’s videos. Or are those guys already going corporate?

  7. Josh and Cindy are a great couple….I myself disagree with much of what Josh believes in, but he is a nice guy…..( and I think it’s fabulous that he recognizes her gardening abilities!!!

  8. Josh Marquis was saying that we should not introduce a new drug like Marijuana, bullshit on that, MJ has been around a long time in this country.

  9. dnealwinchester on

    Well said, I love how Rep Blumenauer destroyed Michael Botticelli during last winter’s congressional hearing.

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