Oregon's legal cannabis looks a lot more shaky after Nov. 8.
The election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency—and his subsequent pick of drug warrior Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as his presumptive attorney general—threatens states where recreational marijuana is legal.
But legal weed isn't a done deal here, either. This Election Day, Oregonians voted on marijuana sales 73 times across the state, thanks to ordinances in 60 places that would have banned recreational or medical sales. Four counties and 24 cities voted to allow some form of weed sales. Two counties and 31 cities voted to go "dry."
(Even more counties and cities voted on adding sales taxes to pot. Those measures were universally successful: They were up for a vote in 111 cities and counties, and voters passed them all.)
Here's where you can still buy a joint in Oregon—and where you can't.
Counties that allowed marijuana sales
Marion (medical only)
Jefferson (medical only)
Counties that prohibited all marijuana sales
A sampling of cities that allowed marijuana sales
A sampling of cities that prohibited marijuana sales
Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., President-elect Donald Trump has picked his attorney general: Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), a zealous weed-whacker.
Cannabis legalization advocates are wondering if he'll revamp pot prohibition.
Here are three predictions:
"One could hardly imagine easier criminal cases for federal prosecutors to make. In addition to arresting the owners and operators of marijuana-selling companies, Sessions would have broad power under federal law to seize their assets. Actual federal prosecutions may not even be necessary: Simply threatening the industry with aggressive enforcement may be sufficient to induce producers and sellers to close up shop and lead investors to direct their money elsewhere." —The Washington Post
"In the absence of congressional action, Americans will have to hope that Trump tells his attorney general to focus the Department of Justice's resources on more pressing problems than waging war on marijuana and the majority of citizens who support some degree of legalization."
—The [Eugene] Register-Guard
"I think it's entirely possible that Sessions would say, 'No longer are we gonna take a hands-off position.' But I also think that there is enough grassroots support, there's enough local experience, certainly in the states that have legalized, that would allow local governments to essentially exercise their own prerogatives on resources, on priorities." —former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper, to Seattle Weekly