The pot trail, from Oregon to New England: Congressman campaigns for …

August 26th, 2015 by admin Leave a reply »

TJI_marijuana talk 1_082715New Hampshire is not exactly on the cutting edge when it comes to marijuana legalization, but Granite State voters are hearing plenty about pot.

One reason: presidential politics.

U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., swung through the Live Free or Die state en route to speaking to marijuana legalization advocates in Portland last week.

Maine is already knee deep in pot legalization efforts.

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (, backed by the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project, filed a ballot initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Maine and reported raising more than $53,000 by mid-July toward qualifying the November 2016 ballot measure. Legalize Maine (, a grassroots group, also is in the signature-gathering process with its own legalization measure. In late July, the group reported gathering more than 20,000 signatures of the 61,000 needed to qualify for next year’s general election ballot.

At Urban Farm Fermentory on Aug. 20, Blumenauer explained the importance of Maine’s neighbor to the west.

“I’ve started to be involved a little bit in presidential politics, and one of the reasons I spent time in New Hampshire, it’s not that we’re going to get full legalization anytime soon in New Hampshire, I want it to be an issue in New Hampshire,” Blumenauer explained. “The 25 men and women running for president, you can’t turn around in New Hampshire without tripping over them. … I don’t want any man or

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