PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer says he’s confident his state will legalize marijuana use within the next decade.
He voiced his support during a Sunday town hall meeting. The Democrat told voters it’s time to begin thinking about and regulating pot the same way the state handles alcohol. He says it just doesn’t make sense to keep marijuana legal and it’s time for the federal government to be more clear on their stance.
“The voters will decide what they decide,” Blumenauer said. “I’m quite confident sometime in the next 10, 15 years it will be legal, but that’s not the point. The point is the federal government shouldn’t get in the way of what voters decide in Oregon, in Colorado or any place.”
The legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington has highlighted the challenges between state and national laws. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law.