Oregon is one of nine US states to have legalized both recreational and medical marijuana. The state’s voters approved the measures in two separate elections, and neither result was all that close. It would appear that people in the state believe that marijuana doesn’t pose a major societal risk, and at the very least they believe that the country’s opinions toward the plant are outdated and out of step with reality. Most people in the US now believe that marijuana should be legal, and that obviously goes for Oregon as well. They believe that if an adult can consume alcohol, they should be able to consume marijuana as well, so long as they’re over the age of 21, they’re doing so in a safe environment, and they’re not putting other people’s safety at risk, i.e. by operating a vehicle while they’re consuming it.
However, medical marijuana is still illegal on the federal level, and that often causes some confusion for those working in the marijuana industry in states like Oregon where it’s legal to do so. Up until now the federal government has basically stayed out of it. If a state legalized medical marijuana, the feds basically said, “Well, it’s still illegal under federal law, but we’re not going to intervene.” However, there have been some mixed signals coming from the federal government of late. Some politicians have said that states like Oregon should shut down their medical marijuana dispensaries because they’re illegal under federal law, while others have said that Congress should pass laws to ensure that the feds can’t get involved. President Trump for his part has been rather noncommittal, although he’s suggested on a few different occasions that he’d prefer states be able to decide on the issue. Of course, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is well known for his anti-marijuana opinions, and since he’s the most powerful lawyer in the country, he could intervene on the issue if he wanted to. As it happens, that’s something he’s suggested he might do on more than one occasion.
For their part, Oregon politicians have been rather outspoken about their belief that the federal government shouldn’t get involved. From their governor to their two senators and many of their congresspeople, they’ve made it clear that they believe the will of their voters should be recognized and not interfered with. They believe that since their voters have spoken and said the plant should be legal for both medicinal and recreational purposes that the federal government should respect that. In fact, they’ve showed a willingness to fight hard for this and stand up to the federal government should they need to.
Oregon politicians understand that dispensaries like DiamondTREE create a lot of jobs in their state, and they believe that the economic benefits of the medical marijuana industry are immense. At a time when people are very concerned with high-quality jobs, these politicians believe that’s exactly what medical cannabis dispensaries provide, and they’re eager to fight to keep those dispensaries open and to save those jobs. Of course, there’s also a lot of tax money at stake, so don’t expect them to back down anytime soon.