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WASHINGTON, DC -- Oregon's days as a state with legalized recreational marijuana may be numbered. White House Spokesman Sean Spicer says drug use that violates federal law should not be allowed. "When you see something like the opioid addiction crisis blossoming in so many states across the country, the last thing that we should be is encouraging people. There is still a federal law that we should abide by."


However, he says President Trump doesn't feel the same about medical marijuana. "The President understands the pain and suffering that many people go through who are facing, especially, terminal diseases; and, the comfort that some of these drugs, like medical marijuana, can bring to them."


Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) says he'll work with the newly formed Cannabis Caucus to fight the President if he decides to take action. And, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) says the federal government needs to respect the decision of Oregon voters who approved recreational marijuana in the state. Wyden says it would be a waste of tax dollars for law enforcement to go after recreational marijuana users. 


State Representative Knute Buehler (R-Bend) issued a statement Friday, in response to the administrations comments: "I hope the new President and Attorney General keep their hands off Oregon's marijuana law. They should respect the will of the voters and honor state's rights. Federal intervention will only make a legal market a black market once again."

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