Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D) is using a new campaign ad to promote his support for allowing states to legalize marijuana without federal interference. From the Blumenauer campaign:
Obviously, Blumenauer doesn’t have much to worry about in the upcoming mid-term election. Representing the heavily Democratic Portland area, Blumenauer is an overwhelming favorite to win again. Still, it is nice to see a politician not just begrudgingly accept the inevitability of marijuana legalization but actively promote it as part of his campaign.
Hopefully, Blumenauer’s example will encourage other federal politicians to realize that supporting legalization is not politically risky and can actually be beneficial. While Blumenauer’s constituents are very liberal the basic message of this ad, that the legal status of marijuana should be left up to the states, is broadly popular across the country with Democrats and Republicans. A CBS News poll found 62 percent think the states should determine if marijuana is legal while only 35 percent think that is a job for the federal government.
Jon Walker is the author of After Legalization: Understanding the future of marijuana policy