|Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon.
U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, says he will most certainly vote to legalize limited amounts of marijuana in Oregon next week. Merkley tells Talking Points Memo that he’s tired of seeing resources wasted on a failed war on pot.
“I think folks on both sides of the argument make a good case,” Merkley said. “And there is concern about a series of new products — and we don’t have a real track record from Colorado and Washington. But I feel on balance that we spend a lot of money on our criminal justice system in the wrong places and I lean in favor of this ballot measure.”
According to TPM, Merkley is the first U.S. Senator to openly admit to voting for recreational or medical cannabis – and it apparently isn’t hurting his chances for reelection, either according to Politico.