PROTECT STATE MARIJUANA LEGISLATION
Oregon is directly threatened by Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to step up federal enforcement of laws against marijuana where possession and use is legal. https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/12/16/jeff-sessions-marijuana-216109
• Oregon is one of 29 states permitting medical use of marijuana, and one of nine states permitting recreational use of marijuana.
• Marijuana has created 19,000 new jobs in Oregon, many in rural areas.
• Oregon has already paid out $85 million in marijuana-related taxes to schools, law enforcement and other services.
If Sessions needs something to do he can work with Congress on stopping the devastating opioid epidemic that is decreasing Americans’ life expectancy. https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/12/21/572080314/life-expectancy-drops-again-as-opioid-deaths-surge-in-u-s
Legalizing marijuana enjoys bipartisan support. Here are two viable steps Congress can take:
• Ensure that the next funding bill maintains the Rohrbacher-Blumenauer amendment protecting medical marijuana. https://www.finance.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/(1)%20Path%20to%20Marijuana%20Reform%20Executive%20Summary.pdf
• Pass federal legislation that decriminalizes marijuana.
Respect states’ rights!
Decriminalize marijuana nationwide!
**ACTION 1: Call Congressman Walden and our Senators**
SAMPLE SCRIPT Congressman Greg Walden and Senator Jeff Merkley:
“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, [zip code]. I am very concerned about the threat to our state’s decision to legalize marijuana. I ask the [Congressman/Senator] to make sure that medical marijuana is protected in the short term by including the Rohrbacher-Blumenauer Amendment in the next funding bill, and that he work to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. Thank you.”
SAMPLE SCRIPT for Senator Ron Wyden:
“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, [zip code]. I am very concerned about the threat to our state’s decision to legalize marijuana. I want to thank the Senator Wyden for his leadership on this issue. I ask that the Senator make sure medical marijuana is protected in the short term by including the Rohrbacher-Blumenauer Amendment in the next funding bill, and that he work to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. Thank you.”
**ACTION 2: Send this to your Family and Friends**
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CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400
SENATOR JEFF MERKLEY
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691
Oregon leaders vow: We will protect state’s marijuana industry