The more I learn about Dwight Holton, candidate for Oregon Attorney General in the May 15 primary, the less I like him. Ellen Rosenblum seems like a much better choice.
Holton, during his stint as United States Attorney for Oregon, tried to undermine our state's medical marijuana law.
It irks me how the Obama administration is raiding medical marijuana providers around the country, desperate to take away a drug that relieves chronic pain and helps cancer sufferers feel better.
So why would Oregon want to elect somebody who supports a crazy federal law which equates marijuana with heroin and erroneously claims marijuana has zero medical benefit? The Oregon Attorney General should be focused on serious lawbreaking.
I liked this comment from Anthony Johnson on the Blue Oregon post about Holton's distaste for our medical marijuana law.
If you believe that enforcing minor marijuana laws is a waste of police time, resources and jail space, vote Ellen Rosenblum. If you think that the state of Oregon should focus police resources on more important priorities, like violent crime, vote Ellen Rosenblum.
If you believe that we should be wasting tax dollars and law enforcement resources raiding medical marijuana providers, then vote for Dwight Holton. If you believe that it is okay for sick and disabled medical cannabis patients to lose their medicine in raids and be forced into the underground market, vote Dwight Holton.
If you are a true Democrat, who believes in compassion and efficient prioritizing of our state's resources, there is only one choice for Oregon Attorney General: Ellen Rosenblum.
You nailed it, Anthony.
I hope Dwight Holton realizes that the Oregon medical marijuana community will not stop what we are doing.
We will not stop pointing out the fact that Dwight Holton has received most of his campaign dollars from outside of Oregon. We will not stop pointing out the fact that Dwight Holton wasn’t a member of the Oregon Bar until 2009. We will not stop pointing out that the fact that he has never tried a case in Oregon courts.
With media services like NBC and NPR watching, we will continue to shout at the rooftops. Dwight Holton and his friends at The Oregonian can try to run a smear campaign against us all they want to. We will continue to run our ‘truth campaign.’
In the meantime, expect charges against Oregon law enforcement for their obvious campaign violations. Hopefully people are more upset about it this time around, so they won’t just keep doing it over and over again.
Also on the subject of marijuana...
It bugs me how Oregon football coach Chip Kelly is buying into the "demon weed" propaganda in the course of responding to allegations that 40 to 60 percent of the players on his highly successful team use marijuana.
Kelly said he doubts the Ducks would be as successful as they have been over the past few years if that many players were smoking marijuana.
“If we had that many kids doing it, we wouldn’t be 34-6 (for the last three seasons),” Kelly said. This past season, the Ducks defeated Wisconsin 45-38 in the Rose Bowl.
“We win because of how hard we practice, and I see our kids every day in practice,” Kelly said. “If we saw signs of it — I haven’t seen signs of it.”
Hey, Chip, I'm an expert in the daily use of marijuana and how this affects mental and physical performance.
[Note to Dwight Holton and other law enforcement officials: I'm referring to my early college years, 1966-68 at San Jose State College.]
I graduated With Great Distinction from college. I got an "A" every semester in a two-year 12 unit Tutorials in Letters and Sciences program that required a lot of high-level independent thinking/writing/discussing through small seminars with demanding professors.
My friends and I regularly would go out and play pool, or frisbee, after smoking marijuana. Our hand-eye coordination wasn't affected at all, so far as I could tell. We'd ride motorcycles around -- no problem.
I'd much rather be driving around with someone who just smoked a lot of marijuana, than someone who just drank a lot of alcohol.
So Chip, don't worry if your players use marijuana.
I realize you have to sound all parental and critical of marijuana use. But geez, you're coaching at the freakin' University of Oregon in Eugene. You should worry if your players aren't using marijuana, because that'd show they're cut off from reality.