Gov. Kate Brown – “The document was not accurate, not validated, outdated and the Oregon State Police did not endorse the conclusions.” Those were the words Oregon Governor Kate Brown used in reference to a recent letter from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in which he made assertions that not all of the states with legal recreational cannabis were complying with federal guidelines.
In Sessions’ letter, in which he said that Oregon wasn’t doing what was required to curb black market grows, citing a report that is considered to be incomplete and inaccurate: Oregon State Police Superintendent Travis Hampton joined Gov. Brown in stating that the report, which came out of his agency, was the “first and least defensible draft,” one that the agency “had no immediate plans to publish until objective data could be recovered for many years.”
The report cited had been leaked, ironic considering the Trump White House’s own issues and Sessions’ supposed hard stance against leaking. When it was leaked, “The agency attempted to make clear the document was not accurate, not validated, outdated and the Oregon State Police did not endorse the conclusions in the draft baseline report,” said Superintendent Hampton in his letter to AG Sessions. “Unfortunately you sourced the same leaked draft document as evidence against Oregon’s marijuana regulatory structure.”
The letter sent by Sessions in August cited illegal growing, an increase in emergency room visits, and illegal trafficking, but ignored the various legislation passed by Gov. Brown from January to May of this year that seeks to address some of these issues. Some of that legislation includes plant tracking technology, increased sentencing, and plant limitations. Gov. Brown also cited initiatives to educate minors as well as keep them from possessing or even viewing cannabis products, and the state’s “robust testing regime” in her letter to Sessions. You can read the full response here.