Medical marijuana becomes key issue in Ore. race



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s medical marijuana law has lit up the campaign for that office perhaps more than any of the thousands of other statutes on the book.

It’s anyone’s guess whether the pot vote will be enough to tip the scales. But no Republicans are seeking the job, so Democrats alone will choose the state’s top lawyer in the May 15 primary.

Former federal prosecutor Dwight Holton has called Oregon’s marijuana law a “train wreck,” and he was the U.S. Attorney for Oregon when federal agents raided marijuana farms operating under the state law.

His rival, retired Court of Appeals judge Ellen Rosenblum, has hammered Holton over the issue with the help of a political action committee that wants to legalize the drug.