Just as the governors of Washington and Alaska have done, Governor Kate Brown is fighting back against Jeff Sessions’ effort to undermine state approved marijuana.
As we recently reported, there is still quite a bit of marijuana propaganda out there. But unsubstantiated stories about marijuana laced with fentanyl are not the only concerns for marijuana advocates and industry members.
U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, has issued letters to Oregon, Alaska, Washington, and Colorado questioning whether or not those states have control over legalized marijuana. Sessions told Colorado leaders that a January 2017 state police report “raises serious questions about the efficacy of marijuana ‘regulatory structures’ in your state.”
Just as Governors Jay Inslee (D-WA) and Bill Walker (I-AK) have done, Governor Kate Brown (D-OR) is pushing back on the issue. She responded to Sessions with a forceful letter of her own.
“Oregon has been diligent in reaching out to our federal partners to build a collaborative and mutually beneficial understanding regarding our marijuana system,” Brown told Sessions in her letter. “I look forward to continuing to work together to ensure a successful marijuana market while protecting the safety of our communities.“
Brown informed Sessions in her letter that all legal marijuana in Oregon is carefully tracked. Radio frequency tags track marijuana from seed to sale. Marijuana is also thoroughly tested to ensure safety. There are significant penalties for anyone who violates these procedures.