Less than 7 days after medical marijuana greatly decided the outcome of the race for Oregon attorney general, the state's new U.S. Attorney, Amanda Marshall, stated that cracking down on the dispensaries is not high on the priority list. When asked if, as U.S. Attorney, she was going after medical marijuana, she was quoted as saying "No, I'm not. I don't care about medical marijuana."
Just last week, we reported that, with the support of two former attorney generals, former Oregon Court of Appeals judge Ellen Rosenblum, a medical marijuana supporter, defeated Dwight Holton for the state's Attorney General seat.
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.
Backers for the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act (OCTA 2012) turned in 27,401 signatures Friday for the month of April, bringing their grand total to 84,539. They need 87,213 signatures by July 6 to ensure inclusion on Oregon's November 2012 ballot.
Back in March, Willie Nelson came out in support of OCTA 2012, and since then, the drive has been promising for proponents of the act. OCTA 2012, according to their website, "allows personal marijuana, hemp cultivation/use, without license; commission to regulate commercial marijuana cultivation/sale." Supporters also say the act can help revitalize Oregon's economy.
It has become increasingly evident that medical marijuana has infiltrated the wellness market, and with wellness comes healthy, and with healthy comes food. Marijuana infused edibles have been on the market since dispensaries first opened, but, for the most part, have been relegated to brownies, cookies, candy bars and the such. Meanwhile, some of the most effective medication for cancer patients, AIDS patients, multiple sclerosis patients, and a host of other diseases has been marijuana, mostly in edible form. Unfortunately for these patients, they're either forced to consume the assortment of novelty sweets, or to cook their own infused foods.
Kevin Wallace and Michael Shea of Ashland, Oregon aim to change all that.