Oregon congressman starts pro-marijuana PAC

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There’s a new political action committee dedicated to defeating members of Congress who cast votes against marijuana, a development that could aid MJ businesses through the passage of pro-cannabis legislation.

The new PAC is dubbed the Cannabis Fund, and it was founded by U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, the Statesman Journal reported.

The Democrat already has a “first target” in mind, according to the Salem, Oregon, newspaper: Texas Republican Pete Sessions, who helped put up roadblocks earlier this year when it came time to renew the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment.

Even though the Cannabis Fund had raised only $2,000 through June – a pittance in terms of political spending – Blumenauer told a cannabis business conference last month he intends to pay for billboards in Sessions’ district.

The signs will attack Sessions for anti-medical cannabis moves, including the Texan’s opposition to an amendment that would have allowed military vets to obtain MMJ through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“I want to see even more pro-cannabis candidates elected to Congress and continue the wave of reforms happening at the state level,” Blumenauer told the Statesman Journal.

“And we want to make clear that there are consequences for those elected officials opposing what a majority of the public supports,”