Is DeFazio calling for fed crackdown on marijuana in Oregon?

Peter DeFazio_thb

by NW Spotlight

It seems that NOW Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio (D) wants the U.S. Department of Justice to enforce federal laws in Oregon.

DeFazio recently “gave a fiery speech on the U.S. house floor” on the “armed militia protest near Burns.” In his speech, he said “my state of Oregon, where we abide by the laws,” and “Yeah, we disagree over a lot of federal policies, but we abide by the laws. It’s time for the justice department to take some action. Wake up down there!”

Yes, he ACTUALLY said that: “my state of Oregon, where we abide by the laws.”

How obtuse can you get?

Maybe Congressman DeFazio should visit Oregon a little more often. Then maybe he’d know that ‘his’ ENTIRE STATE OF OREGON is in flagrant violation of federal law! We definitely DON’T “abide by the laws.”

Although Oregon has ‘legalized’ medical and recreational marijuana at the state level, marijuana remains ILLEGAL at the federal level – per the 1970 Controlled Substances Act. At the federal level, marijuana is still a Schedule I drug, along with drugs like heroin and LSD. Anyone growing, selling or possessing marijuana is still committing a federal crime punishable by at least up to five years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.

DeFazio’s fellow Oregon Democrat, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, accepted several hundred thousand dollars from the marijuana lobby for her campaign!

Does DeFazio want the U.S. DOJ to “wake up” and enforce those federal laws too? Maybe they could start by prosecuting the Oregon attorney general. The Huffington Post reported in 2013, “states’ regulation of marijuana is illegal under the Controlled Substances Act.”

Maybe they could also look at how many Oregon counties defy federal immigration hold requests (“ICE detainers”).

  • redbean

    I have a different take on this writer’s argument. DeFazio needs to support Judge Hogan, who nullified the inappropriate use (i.e. prosecutorial abuse) of the terrorism law by refusing to impose the mandatory minimum sentence on the Hammonds.

    Since the writer made the unusual analogy, I’ll continue it: The people of Oregon appropriately nullified the marijuana section of the federal Controlled Substances Act.

    As for campaign contributions, I think an investigation into federal office campaign contributions by illegal drug cartels, pharmaceutical corporations, and private prison interests would be verrrry interesting, since these are the groups who benefit the most from keeping marijuana illegal. (Of course, I don’t expect drug cartels to be readily identifiable in campaign documentation, so this project will remain a “pipe dream.”)

  • Connie Kosuda

    faulty ‘argument’ on behalf of the writer / Oregon has NOT legalized domestic terrorism / has NOT legalized theft of property owned by others / has NOT legalized endangerment of children, etc., the analogies in the article are false.