Those who still fear the federal government coming in and hammering Oregon over what they’ll call “too lax control” over potential black market medical marijuana, final regulations on medical marijuana thereby are stuck in the Oregon House of Representatives.
Former Lincoln County District Attorney Rob Bovett, leading the lobbying charge for a particular path forward says he and many others are concerned that Oregon may unwittingly make it too easy to keep medical marijuana on the streets – for sale everywhere. He says there are a few communities that don’t want it and are seeking the right to ban it – except, of course, when overridden by a vote of it’s own citizens.
To get off the FBI/DEA’s radar screen, Bovett and his lobbying group want to slow down the override process and require a voter petition campaign to circulate first in order to get it on the ballot. But others, who don’t read the federal tea leaves the same as Bovett, want an immediate automatic vote of the people if their local city or county bans medical marijuana sales. It would be a much faster response as opposed to circulating petitions – with a heightened likelihood that a quick yes vote would override the opinions of local elected officials.
The House takes the matter up the matter again next week.