With enhanced enforcement of federal cannabis laws looming on the horizon, states currently experiencing massive revenue boosts from decriminalized cannabis are anxious about the impact a crackdown would have on their economy.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The states that have legalized recreational marijuana — a multi-billion-dollar business — don’t want to hear the federal government talk about a crackdown. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says she wants Oregonians left alone to “grow these jobs.”
In Oregon alone, that’s roughly 12,500 jobs, said economist Beau Whitney of Portland, adding that he is making a conservative estimate. Oregon’s attorney general said she would be duty-bound to fight to protect the state’s marijuana industry.