Washington ‘Pot Czar’ Mark Kleiman Endorses Marijuana Legalization In Oregon (Huffington Post)

By SAM LEVINE | October 26, 2014

Mark Kleiman, the Washington state “pot czar” and a leading drug policy expert who has criticized a state-by-state approach to marijuana legalization, came out on Thursday in favor of Oregon’s ballot measure to legalize the drug for recreational purposes.

In a blog post, Kleiman wrote that he supported the measure, despite concerns that legalization would lead to lower prices and higher usage.

“The choice Oregon voters face isn’t between what’s on the ballot and some perfectly designed cannabis policy,” Kleiman wrote. “It’s between what’s on the ballot and continued prohibition at the state level, until and unless a better initiative can be crafted, put before the voters, and passed into law.”

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