Marijuana activists in Oregon are celebrating a small victory today, as former Oregon Court of Appeals judge Ellen Rosenblum - a marijuana supporter - has won Democratic nomination for attorney general.
Because no Republican candidate stepped up for nomination for attorney general, Rosenblum is now the presumptive winner of November's general election for the position.
Medical marijuana activists attacked Rosenblum's opponent in the Democratic race, Dwight Holton. Activists said that Holton would threaten medical marijuana in the state, though Holton claimed he would uphold the law. Holton had, however, attacked Rosenblum previously, pointing to her intention to make marijuana enforcement a low priority.
"As attorney general, I will make marijuana enforcement a low priority, and protect the rights of medical marijuana patients," says Rosenblum's website.
Rosenblum even thanked marijuana supporters directly: "Thank you to all of those advocating the rights of patients to have access to medical marijuana for your support in this campaign," she posted yesterday morning on Facebook.
Rosenblum received some campaign finances from the group Drug Policy Action, who had backed Oregon's legalization campaign in 1998.
But It wasn't just marijuana supporters that supported Rosenblum, however. According to the Statesman Journal, "two former attorneys general, Republican Dave Frohnmayer and Democrat Hardy Myers, endorsed Rosenblum."
Rosenblum will be the first woman to take attorney general in the state.