Pot groups hope Ore. race sends feds a message

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Medical marijuana advocates are pushing back against a coordinated federal effort to stem the proliferation of medical marijuana operations.

One of the nation's largest drug policy groups is claiming credit for the defeat of a former federal prosecutor who was the early favorite to win the Democratic primary for Oregon attorney general. The campaign arm of Drug Policy Alliance says prosecutors and Democratic leaders should think twice before taking an aggressive stance on medical marijuana.

As interim U.S. attorney, Dwight Holton oversaw efforts to crack down on medical marijuana clubs, some of which Holton said operated as California-style dispensaries.

Federal prosecutors have led similar crackdowns in other states that have legalized marijuana for medicinal use.

Retired judge Ellen Rosenblum defeated Holton after saying she'd make marijuana enforcement a low priority.