‘Marijuana Laws Don’t Work’: Oregon’s Blumenauer

A cannabis plant greets job seekers as they sign in at CannaSearch, Colorado's first cannabis job fair, on March 13, 2014 in Denver.

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A cannabis plant greets job seekers as they sign in at CannaSearch, Colorado’s first cannabis job fair, on March 13, 2014 in Denver.

Overhauling marijuana laws, a legislative focus of Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, is also a theme in his political advertisements.

“Our marijuana laws don’t work and cost the government billions. Let states set their own laws. Tax it, use the money to fund education, and let the police focus on real drug abuse,” Blumenauer says in a 15-second ad that began airing April 25 on Portland’s NBC affiliate, according to Kantar Media’s CMAG.

Blumenauer’s campaign also is running a 30-second spot in which he highlights “reforming marijuana laws” as an example of his taking on tough issues and “bringing people together to get things done.”

Blumenauer backs legislation that would set up a framework to tax and regulate marijuana. In a House floor speech earlier this month, Blumenauer called on Attorney General Eric Holder to remove marijuana’s status as a “Schedule I” drug under the Controlled Substances Act.

Schedule I drugs have “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse,” according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Twenty states and the District of Columbia allow for the medical use or marijuana, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Blumenauer is unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 20 and is a shoo-in to win a 10th full term in November in a Portland-based district that gave President Barack Obama 72 percent of the vote in the 2012 election.

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