Oregon’s Attorney General race features two Democrats, Ellen Rosenblum and Dwight Holton, and no Republicans, so the winner of the May Democratic Primary should eventually become the top law enforcement official in the state.
Medical marijuana is always an issue for law enforcement in Oregon, so the race for Attorney General may be the most important race for marijuana activists to watch in the state. Recently the two candidates appeared at a debate at Willamette University. The moderator of the debate noted that there were eight separate questions submitted regarding marijuana policy, dominating the submissions. However, the eight questions were then presented as one long series of questions, sounding like the most long-winded, redundant question a marijuana maniac might compose. This allowed the candidates to pick and choose which parts of the question to answer, as reported by The Weed Blog:
Dwight Holton gave a very long winded answer. He used about half the time to explain that marijuana is separate from the drug war. Marijuana supporters might find that interesting considering Dwight Holton tried to attack the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) every chance he had as a federal prosecutor in Oregon. After his flip-floppish answer, Holton very reluctantly stated that the OMMP was voted in by Oregonians, but was also quick to point out that he wouldn’t tolerate it being a ‘front for drug trafficking.’
Ellen Rosenblum was very straight to the point. She will not focus limited government resources towards marijuana enforcement against patients, and if voters approve an initiative at the ballot box that ends marijuana prohibition, she will respect that. I was delighted when Ellen Rosenblum pointed out that Dwight Holton once referred to the OMMP as a ‘train wreck.’ The crowd wasn’t buying his BS, and I’m glad Ellen pointed out the obvious.