Marijuana question divides Portland delegation

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November 2

Marijuana question divides Portland delegation

The city’s state representatives and a senator line up for and against the proposal to make marijuana legal in Portland.

By Randy Billings rbillings@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

Portland’s legislative delegation is split on Tuesday’s referendum on legalizing marijuana in the city.

Anne Haskell

Ben Chipman

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A Breakdown of Portland Votes

Where do Portland legislators stand on marijuana referendum? 

YES

Rep. Diane Russell, D

Rep. Peter Stuckey, D

Rep. Ben Chipman, I

Rep. Denise Harlow, D

Rep. Matt Moonen, D

Sen. Ann Haskell, D 

NO

Rep. Mark Dion, D

Rep. Richard Farnsworth, D

Rep. Erik Jorgensen, D 

NO RESPONSE

Sen. Justin Alfond, D

A survey Friday showed that five of the city’s eight state representatives support Question 1 on the ballot and three oppose it.

Democratic Sen. Anne Haskell said she supports the initiative. Democratic Senate President Justin Alfond did not respond to a request for comment.

Democratic Reps. Diane Russell and Matt Moonen and independent Rep. Ben Chipman announced their support for the initiative at a news conference Friday morning in front of East End Cupcakes on Fore Street. Democratic Rep. Peter Stuckey was listed as another supporter, but did not appear at the news conference.

“We believe this is the next step to moving away from prohibition and toward a regulatory structure that protects our children, protects our families and makes sure we allocate our police resources in a more responsible manner,” Russell said

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