Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D) has penned an open letter to President Obama, urging him to take action in reversing course on federal marijuana policy.
“As you begin your last year in office,”
the letter reads,
“I hope there is one more step you take to bring about fundamental change — ending the failed policy of marijuana prohibition and removing marijuana from the list of Controlled Substances.”
Blumenauer goes on to cite the high rates of incarceration and arrest that stem from marijuana possession and laments that federal authorities’ focus on cannabis has diverted attention from other, mores serious and deadly substances, like cocaine and heroin.
Blumenauer has long been a crusader on the issue of legalized cannabis. He was instrumental in Oregon’s 2014 passage of Measure 91, which ended in-state cannabis prohibition among adults. He has also been active in reaching across the aisle on the issue, even working with Club For Growth head Grover Norquist on the issue.
The Oregon legislator’s passion on the issue shines through in his letter to the president, which ends on an emotional note.
“It is time, Mr. President, for you to take the next logical step, cementing your legacy in history on drug reform and a fairer criminal justice system,”
he says. “Please seize the moment. We can’t wait.