The federal government and the legislators that work for it seem to have started showing signs of opening up to the idea of marijuana legalizatioon, not only in their respective states, bur also throughout the entire country. That shift was brought to the forefront last week when U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley from Oregon said that he plans to vote for Measure 91 in his state, which would legalize marijuana for recreational use. Merkeley’s comments made him the first U.S. senator to come out in support of legalization.
According to oregonlive.com, the Democratic senator told Talking Points Memo, “I lean in support of it. I think folks on both sides of the argument make a good case. And there is concern about a series of new products — and we don’t have a real track record from Colorado and Washington. But I feel on balance that we spend a lot of money on our criminal justice system in the wrong places and I lean in favor of this ballot measure.”
Oregon voters will decide on the measure next week.