If you are unaware about just how important the upcoming Oregon Attorney General race between Ellen Rosenblum and Dwight Holton is, know that it is very important for the future of medical marijuana nationwide. The obvious reply from most readers would be to wonder how an Attorney General from another state could possibly affect them, but the truth is that Dwight Holton is not even from Oregon. In fact, he has never even tried a single case in Oregon and was not a member of the Oregon bar until 2009.
Still, Dwight Holton’s record in Oregon speaks for itself. He lead a series of raids on medical marijuana providers last fall as the interim U.S. Attorney and he has gone on record as to saying that the state’s medical marijuana law is a “train wreck.” To make matters scarier, Holton is running as a Democrat, despite this typically conservative view of medical marijuana legislation.
Why would an apparent Republican run for the office of Attorney General in Oregon as a Democrat? Well, maybe because there is no GOP candidate in Oregon, period. This election is for the Democratic primary on May 15th and it is winner take all. As is often the case with primaries and less-frontpage offices like the Attorney General, Holton is hoping that he can use his deep pockets and the lack of voter knowledge to steal the election, with voters having no method of action come November. Ultimately, one of the most radical anti-medical marijuana personas on the planet could end up in office in the state with the second oldest MMJ program in the nation.
But, while the risk of striking a major blow in the heart of the West Coast is very real, this is only the tip of the iceberg when considering the ramifications that could occur should Holton win. A Holton victory could set a horrible precedent where other candidates could follow suit and run for offices in states that they are not from, in parties that they are not really a part of. Other candidates will be watching this election closely, and if it works, it could mean a major attack on medical marijuana as we know it.
The phrase “we cannot carry out the medical marijuana program in Oregon anymore because it leaves state workers liable to federal prosecution” could begin being uttered just as it often is on the East Coast, and it is up to all of us to spread awareness about this before it is too late. Below are a few links to two web campaigns and a “Not Dwight Holton” Facebook that are good resources to spread and get involved with.
And, if you are wondering if candidate Ellen Rosenblum is any better, she has been quoted as saying that “marijuana should be the lowest priority of law enforcement” and “I strongly support the right of patients to obtain the medicine they need to help them cope with their medical conditions. The voters of Oregon enacted the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA), and I support their decision.” Sounds good to us.