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Klamath DA Denies Endorsement of Marijuana Sales Initiative

Klamath County District Attorney Eve Costello says that a campaign mailer sent by recreational cannabis advocates Klamath Strong misused her statements, taking them 'out of context.'

Posted: Nov 1, 2018 2:22 PM
Updated: Nov 1, 2018 2:29 PM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Klamath County District Attorney says that cannabis advocates misused her statements on a campaign flyer sent out in favor of an initiative intended to allow for recreational cannabis sales in the city of Klamath Falls.

According to DA Eve Costello, the group Klamath Strong sent out a campaign mailer in favor of passing ballot initiative 18-112 and quoted her — taking a statement that she made regarding County-wide enforcement of marijuana laws "out of context."

Costello says that the quote gives the impression that she supports the passage of that ballot initiative.

"Neither I, nor the Office of the Klamath County District Attorney has a position on Ballot Initiative 18-112. The voters will decide," Costello said in a statement.

There are currently no locations that sell recreational cannabis products in Klamath County due to a county-wide ban. The petitioners for 18-112 are hoping to change that with their initiative — if only within the city limits of Klamath Falls.

Registered medical cannabis retailers are currently allowed to exist within the city, but some believe that even medical retailers will soon be forced to fold unless the initiative passes.

"I am the chief law enforcement officer of Klamath County," Costello said. "As such, I uphold the laws as approved by our citizens. Pass or fail, our office will continue to strive to protect and serve the citizens of Klamath County, including the prosecution of illegal marijuana grows County-wide."

NewsWatch 12 contacted the County in an attempt to see an example of the mailer in question, but were told that one was not available.

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