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Oregon's Governor Pushes Back Against Stricter Marijuana Laws


As of July 1, 2015, recreational marijuana is legal in Oregon. Each person can carry up to an ounce of marijuana on them at all times.

As of July 1, 2015, recreational marijuana is legal in Oregon. Each person can carry up to an ounce of marijuana on them at all times.

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is urging the Trump administration to view marijuana as an economic opportunity.

Her comments come as Attorney General Jeff Sessions hinted Tuesday at a federal crackdown on recreational cannabis. 

The attorney general made his remarks to a gathering of state attorneys’ general. He’s the second Trump administration official to suggest the federal government will step up anti-cannabis efforts in states that have legalized recreational marijuana, including Oregon.

Gov. Kate Brown just returned from Washington, D.C., where she attended a separate meeting of the nation’s governors.

Brown said the Trump administration’s possible crackdown is contrary to its goal of creating jobs.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to grow a nascent industry that could create good-paying jobs around the state of Oregon and help grow our economy. That’s what we should be focused on,” Brown said.

Stronger enforcement of federal marijuana laws would be a shift from the Obama administration, which did not directly challenge state legalization laws.

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