Yes-on-91After a spirited debate on the issue, the voting members present at the last General Membership meeting voted to endorse Ballot Measure 91, The Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act.

AFSCME Local 88 joins our labor partners AFSCME Local 328 (OHSU), UFCW 555, Northwest Oregon Labor Council (NOLC), and our political allies, the Democratic Party of Oregon and the ACLU of Oregon in endorsing Ballot Measure 91.

It is anticipated that Measure 91 will create and fund AFSCME jobs in the areas of Health and Human Services, Public Safety and Regulation and Control.

Some of the salient points of the campaign:

  • Treating marijuana as a crime wastes police resources and tax money on nonviolent offenders while there more serious crimes and public safety issues. Measure 91 allows police to focus on keeping our families safe from dangerous criminals.
  • An arrest or citation for a marijuana “crime”, in which no one is hurt, can ruin a person’s chances at obtaining employment, housing and loans for further education. Measure 91 removes this harsh punishment affecting thousands of Oregonians every year.
  • Marijuana is already here and it is making drug gangs and violent cartels rich. We must regulate, legalize and tax it so the money instead goes to schools, law enforcement and drug treatment and prevention programs.

For details about the measure and campaign, please visit www.voteyeson91.com.

Please direct any other questions to Jason Heilbrun, AFSCME Local 88 Vice President and Political Action Committee Chair at vicepresident@afscmelocal88.org.