Pubdate: Mon, 27 Oct 2014
Source: Albany Democrat-Herald (OR)
Copyright: 2014 Lee Enterprises
Authors: Doug Marteeny, Bruce Riley


We are all free to make our own decisions but not free to choose the 

When you cast your vote on Measure 91, make sure you understand the 
choices you will be making.

Measure 91 is poorly crafted with many fatal flaws. It allows people 
to legally posses eight times more pot than even what is allowed in Colorado.

If it passes, possession of marijuana in jail will no longer be a 
felony but instead a mere infraction, similar to a traffic ticket. 
This greatly reduces our ability to maintain security and order in the jail.

Measure 91 contains no restrictions on using pot around children. 
This is troubling considering that it allows possession of 1 pound of 
marijuana-infused edibles per person.

Colorado and Washington have seen the introduction of such 
marijuana-infused foods as "pot" tarts, "krondike" bars and the like. 
The consequence of this has been an increase in marijuana-related 
emergency room visits for children.

Legalization will increase marijuana use among teens. In Colorado, 
teen marijuana use has climbed to a level 50 percent higher than the 
national average. Colorado's legalization has increased drug-related 
school expulsions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
found that two-thirds of students who receive mostly D's and F's were 
heavy marijuana users. Marijuana use during adolescence is directly 
linked to the onset of major mental illness, including depression, 
schizophrenia, and psychosis.

The marijuana of today is not the same as marijuana from the 1970s. 
In the '70s, most had about 2 percent THC content - the psychoactive 
element in marijuana. Today's marijuana can test at more than 25 percent.

Measure 91 will produce many negative consequences. It's poorly 
crafted, has too many loopholes, and will increase youth marijuana 
use. The polling on this measure is very close. Please join us and 
vote no on Measure 91.

Doug Marteeny, Linn County district attorney, Bruce Riley, Linn 
County sheriff (Oct. 24)
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