Rep. Greenlick: Oregon’s worst bill author to restart prohibition era

dog logo stamp Rep. Greenlick: Oregon’s worst bill author to restart prohibition eraRep. Greenlick: Oregon’s worst bill author to restart prohibition era with tobacco ban
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon

Representative Greenlick’s latest outlaw bill is HB 2233. This bill would outlaw citizens from buying cigarettes or cigars without a doctor’s prescription.

This is tantamount to prohibition and denying Oregonians the right to choose. It did not work in the 1920’s, it will not work now. By sending a million Oregonians to go through a pharmacy it will make the long lines longer and high pharmacy costs higher for those Oregonians who are trying to get legitimate medicine – especially seniors. Other Oregonians will purchase their products out of state or through tribal outlets. HB 2233 places the crime of possessing an illegal cigar at $6,000 and one year in jail. This is coming from the same State Representative who has been voting to release violent criminals early and at the same time wants to fill our jails with Oregonians who happen to have a grocery store product in the back pocket. I wonder if long time smoker President Obama on his February visit to Oregon would have had to go to jail for possessing a cigarette on Air Force One?

It is no accident that the worst bills to come out of the 2011 Session are created by State Representative Mitch Greenlick.  It is Representative Greenlick’s House Bill 2645 which aims to smash all three counties Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas into a single county.   His defense was that since they were all under Metro’s regional government control why not just surrender.  Rep. Greenlick’s other famous bill so far has been House Bill 2228, which outlaws letting children under 6 from riding in bike trailers.   When pressed by the media after he outraged the biking community he admitted that he didn’t bother to look into the issue before creating this bill and wanted to form his idea after people debated on it. For Greenlick, you can actually threaten to take away people’s rights, and then personally benefit from the dialogue that scared citizens offer in defense of their liberty. Representative Greenlick also has a bill (HB 2644) to tax soda pop to discourage people from drinking beverages he does not approve of.

Lawmakers need to stop only choosing options of more taxes (Hb 2644) or more prohibitions (HB 2228, HB 2233) and consider using their good intentions to create more freedom and more choices for Oregonians and more cost effectiveness and efficiency out of government.

- House Bill 2228 which outlaws letting children under 6 from riding in bike trailers

- HB 2645 aims to smash all three counties Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas into a single county

HB 2233 which would outlaw citizens from buying cigarettes or cigars without a doctor’s prescription

- HB 2644 to tax soda pop to discourage people from drinking beverages

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  • Steve Buckstein

    Not to worry. I believe HB 2233, the nicotine made a prescription drug bill, would only catch the President if he had his children with him while smoking on Air Force One in Oregon airspace or on the ground. The bill makes it a crime to use non-prescription nicotine in a home where children are present, so I assume Air Force One would be included.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JQ4GJNAOHQB5YSPE6CTK43PLPE Jon Morrison

      Steve Buckstein, are you sure your name is not Really Dumb?

  • Omen

    Green*ick: Um, spelled with an l or a d?
    One thing for assure, he’s in league with governmentium mad mad mad mad whorld hatters theocracy. Yech!

  • Bob Clark

    This is why I voted against the legislature meeting once per year, favoring instead the previous once every two years schedule. The more this legislative body meets the poorer and gloomier lives of everyday Oregonians become. I don’t see the need for any new law presently. The only thing to be done is to cut state government department spending across the board so as to not exceed forecasted revenues, and be done with it. It is also appalling certain Republicans (RINOs) play along with these new restrictions on personal freedoms. I am seriously thinking of going back to being unaffiliated. Sorry, I also just can’t help but feel the new Oregon GOP chair Alley will go RINO on us at some point. Not that he shouldn’t run for governor again, as I think he would make for a happier and more effective Oregon governor than any we’ve had in several decades.

  • Puffdaddy

    We actually need to salute and thank the countless thousands of smokers in Oregon. They are paying the lion’s share to taxes that go to care for the thousands of Oregonians who simply will not care for themselves.

  • Ozymandius

    How would Greenlick continue to fund Medicaid without the tobacco tax?

  • Ozymandius

    These are all peanuts. The real problem is House Bill 3510, which would force all of us into single-payer healthcare.

  • johnb

    what an idiot. Only an idiot thinks you can legislate human behavior. Even God gives us an outline and leaves the choice up to you.
    Some would call it personal responsibility. I no it is not in the political lexicon but it is a concept that has been around for a few thousand years.
    Unfortunately in the political arena it is rare as hens teeth, unless your a Darwinist and then they might have had teeth, still rare but possible.
    Quite telling me what I can and cannot do. It is my choice and I pay for my choices. When you have to pay for me and all my expenses than you can have a input.

  • johnb

    Quite telling me he is smarter than a part of my anatomy. It is an insult to men everywhere. How about dumber than a sack of rocks and about as personable.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JQ4GJNAOHQB5YSPE6CTK43PLPE Jon Morrison

    What the heck has nicotine ever done for anyone, other than get millions of Americans addicted to a carcinogen? Right to choose. I like that! So do our country’s women!

  • space_invader

    prohibition didn’t work then…and already doesn’t work for marijuana. if you think about it, there are better reasons for outlawing tobacco than keeping marijuana outlawed. not to mention that marijuana can actually prevent lung cancer. studies have shown that people who smoke pot have less of a chance of contracting lung cancer than people who don’t smoke anything at all.

  • Duke2112

    That is fine that they pick on us that smoke and drink. Once they don’t get the money they need form us guess what, they will go after you. The people that drink soda pop, coffee, tea, bottled water candy. it is coming. Look at what just happened in a Oregon company, they banned all perfume for men and women in the work place. .they will not stop, UNTIL.
    ” WE THE PEOPLE SAY ENOUGH IS A ENOUGH ” Sorry if I offended anyone just a thought that came out. JUST THINK ABOUT IT

  • Duke2112

    That is fine that they pick on us that smoke and drink. Once they don’t get the money they need form us guess what, they will go after you. The people that drink soda pop, coffee, tea, bottled water candy. it is coming. Look at what just happened in a Oregon company, they banned all perfume for men and women in the work place. .they will not stop, UNTIL.
    ” WE THE PEOPLE SAY ENOUGH IS A ENOUGH ” Sorry if I offended anyone just a thought that came out. JUST THINK ABOUT IT

  • Duke2112

    That is fine that they pick on us that smoke and drink. Once they don’t get the money they need form us guess what, they will go after you. The people that drink soda pop, coffee, tea, bottled water candy. it is coming. Look at what just happened in a Oregon company, they banned all perfume for men and women in the work place. .they will not stop, UNTIL.
    ” WE THE PEOPLE SAY ENOUGH IS A ENOUGH ” Sorry if I offended anyone just a thought that came out. JUST THINK ABOUT IT

  • Duke2112

    That is fine that they pick on us that smoke and drink. Once they don’t get the money they need form us guess what, they will go after you. The people that drink soda pop, coffee, tea, bottled water candy. it is coming. Look at what just happened in a Oregon company, they banned all perfume for men and women in the work place. .they will not stop, UNTIL.
    ” WE THE PEOPLE SAY ENOUGH IS A ENOUGH ” Sorry if I offended anyone just a thought that came out. JUST THINK ABOUT IT

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jmaximus-Spartacus/100000768834979 Jmaximus Spartacus

    Funny how all the drug warriors are so against this bill. Tobacco kills more people than all the other drugs put together. I am all for this as long as we throw people in jail for pot, coke, and other less harmful than Tobacco drugs.

  • Ecigmods

    Its all good… people will all move to electronic cigarettes soon.

    Craig
    http://www.ecigmods.com
    Electronic Cigarette Shop

    • Downwithbans

      No, they will not move to e cigs because a bill like this requires a prescription for nicotine. I use e cigs and also still smoke a few regular cigarettes. Allowing government to control human behavior will insure a few things: black market cigarettes and e cigarettes, rising smoking rates, and eventual uprisings that will destroy whatever is left of America. Stop believing that a bill like this is an opportunity for your business to grow. It will put you OUT of business.

  • Sssssmokin

    lollin at impotent smoker rage right here.

    ‘first we gotta smoke outside in the rain and NOW THIS!? a bloo bloo bloo’

  • Anonymous

    This is the kind of lawmaker that gave rise to the TEA Party.

  • Anonymous

    @space_invader, what makes you think tobacco is so bad? This all lands on the heads of incompetent legislators falling for pharma’s marketing scams for their own brand of nicotine! A decrease in the number of smokers has increased the incidence of chilhood asthma by 500%. The revelation that tobacco is good for you is reported in non-mainstream media: An Owensboro bioprocessing group is working on a vaccine for the human papillomavirus that’s made with tobacco protein. Smoking lowers Parkinson’s disease risk associated with non-smoking, protects against Alzheimer’s Disease and ulcerative Colitis. Children of mothers who smoke 15 cigarettes a day tend to have lower odds for suffering from allergic rhino-conjunctivitis, allergic asthma, atopic eczema, food allergy, compared to children of mothers who never smoked.‘Villain’ nicotine slays TB. Carbon Monoxide May Alleviate Heart Attacks And Stroke, carbon monoxide’s a by-product of tobacco smoke. Smoking Prevents Rare Skin Cancer, reduces The Risk Of Breast Cancer. Tourette’s Syndrome, schizophrenia and cocaine addiction are disorders that are alleviated by tobacco.

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