Anthony Johnson 
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working to legalize freedom.

Updated on July 8, 2010 at 11:49 AM

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Re: “The Best Portland Obama Protesters

Great to see the cannabis movement represented. To keep up with the latest developments affecting the cannabis community, check out

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Anthony Johnson on 07/25/2012 at 3:17 PM

Re: “Your Mercury-Approved Voting Cheat Sheet

Ellen Rosenblum for Attorney General! We need an Oregon Attorney General in touch with Oregon priorities. Judge Rosenblum will protect the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program and treat marijuana as a low law enforcement priority, allowing law enforcement resources to be more effectively utilized fighting serious and violent crime. Unfortunately, her opponent attacks our medical law and doesn't believe that marijuana cases should be treated differently than any other law enforcement issue.

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Posted by Anthony Johnson on 05/15/2012 at 12:37 PM

Re: “And the Mercury Endorses: Ellen Rosenblum for Attorney General

Thank you for endorsing the true Oregonian who respects the will of the voters and not marching orders from out-of-state special interests. Ms. Rosenblum will better prioritize our limited law enforcement resources and tax dollars to more effectively fight serious and violent crime.

Posted by Anthony Johnson on 05/02/2012 at 7:01 PM

Re: “Cheer Up, Losers!

I'm curious as to why The Portland Mercury placed Measure 74 losing under "Bad News" since the editorial board urged a "No" vote on the measure. If you recommend that your readers vote "No" and it loses, shouldn't the loss be placed under "Good News?" Luckily, for Multnomah County residents and other progressives, Measure 74 was on the ballot and helped get out the vote in progressive strongholds, helping John Kitzhaber barely defeat Chris Dudley.

Posted by Anthony Johnson on 11/05/2010 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Why We Say Vote No on Measure 74 (And Why the Campaign Says Vote Yes)

Don't take it from me, folks take it from former Portland Mayor and Police Chief Tom Potter who says, "I do support Measure 74. It regulates medical marijuana."

Posted by Anthony Johnson on 10/26/2010 at 7:43 PM

Re: “Shootout at the Buzzer

Former Portland Mayor and Police Chief Tom Potter records a radio ad in support of Measure 74. $25,000 has been donated to play this ad statewide! Check it out:

Progressive Reform of Oregon's commercial supporting Measure 74 being played on cable TV this week on Comedy Central and Spike, reaching unlikely, young voters who overwhelmingly support Measure 74 and may just save the Dems this election as well.

Posted by Anthony Johnson on 10/26/2010 at 7:34 PM

Re: “Shootout at the Buzzer



Measure 74 will, for the first time, regulate Oregon’s medical marijuana supply system, making it more accountable. This proposal will allow patients to safely obtain their medicine from regulated, nonprofit clinics.

As the former police chief of Portland, I would much rather see clinics like pharmacies dispensing medical marijuana to qualified, seriously ill patients. Today, patients often must go to black-market profiteers and criminals.

Measure 74 builds on our existing regulatory system for medical marijuana, which has worked well. Currently, more than 35,000 qualified, seriously ill patients in Oregon are registered, carrying special identification cards. That’s a great help to law enforcement officers. They can see who is, or isn’t, legally entitled to use medical marijuana.


The big flaw in our law is the lack of a regulated supply system. The result: Too many loopholes. Who can grow marijuana? How much? For whom? Are growers known to law enforcement? Are they subject to inspection?

Failing to regulate supply opens the door to misunderstanding, conflict and abuse. It’s bad for patients and bad for law enforcement.


Measure 74 requires that suppliers be licensed, regulated and accountable, subject to background checks and inspections. They will have to pay fees and taxes.

Medical marijuana clinics must operate as fully accountable, not-for-profit entities. They, too, must pay fees and taxes. The locations of any dispensaries will be regulated.

Measure 74 will create a much safer system for patients, one that law enforcement can supervise more effectively.

VOTE YES on Measure 74 to help seriously ill patients maintain a good quality of life, while helping law enforcement regulate medical marijuana.

Tom Potter, Chief of Portland Police Bureau, (Ret.), and Mayor of Portland, (Ret.)

Posted by Anthony Johnson on 10/24/2010 at 12:37 PM

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