By Steve Elliott
U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) says states have the right to legalize marijuana, and he's launching an ad campaign backing that theme, he said on Thursday night.
The ads launched on Friday, paid for with his own campaign money to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars, reports KATU News.
Rep. Blumenauer is the first Congressman known to have run ads for marijuana policy reform using his own campaign funds.
"Our marijuana laws don't work and cost the government billions," Rep. Blumenauer said. "Federal drug law says that marijuana is more dangerous than meth or cocaine, and that is false."
It's time for police to focus on real drug abuse, according to the Democratic Congressman, and he said cannabis should be regulated and taxed, and should help fund local government projects.
"I think we get real," Blumenauer said of marijuana policy. "We do the research. We work to keep it out of the hands of kids. We don't pretend something that's not true."
Blumenauer isn't just targeting Oregon with his ads. He's posting it online as well, so that other states will be aware of his stance on cannabis policy.
Photo of Rep. Earl Blumenauer: AP Photo/Politico