When it comes to opposing marijuana reform, it seems that the Oregon Sheriff's Association always leads the way. Oregon Measure 91 is on the ballot, which will legalize marijuana if passed, and we will find out what voters truly think of it early next week on Election Day 2014. Almost all of the money donated to the 'No on 91' campaign has come from the Oregon Sheriff's Association. The Oregon Sheriff's Association spearheaded an anti-marijuana propaganda tour, which was clearly political, under the disguise that they were merely trying to 'educate the public.'
One of the most outspoken Sheriff's in Oregon is Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin, who stated the following according to Komo News:
They have also flown in people from Colorado to speak out, said Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin, a leader of the no campaign. "It's really difficult," he said. "We've got daytime jobs. The potheads don't. This is their job to get this legalized."
Not only is Tom Bergin's comments inaccurate, they are offensive, at least they are to me. I, like most marijuana supporters, have a day job. In fact, not only do I work a full time job Monday thru Friday, I don't make any money from my activism/blogging, which I'm sure comes as a surprise to many. I volunteer my time, waking up hours before I need to before I go off to my daytime job so that I can spread awareness on the internet, do outreach, and post articles. It's not easy, and there are many days that I'd rather sleep in, but I have posted articles every day for many years now because I'm fighting for what's right.
The Oregon Sheriff's Association on the other hand campaigns against marijuana while on the clock, proven by public record requests that were completed by Russ Belville. Tom Bergin wants to make it seem that anyone who fights for marijuana reform is an unemployed loser. Well I'm not an unemployed loser Mr. Bergin, and neither are my fellow marijuana supporters such as King County Sheriff John Urquhart, which last time I checked, fights for marijuana reform and has the same daytime profession that you do. Shame on you Mr. Bergin.