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Moms For And Against Measure 91 Hold Dueling Press Conferences

Mothers campaigned for and against Oregon’s Measure 91 Friday. The measure would allow adults in Oregon to grow, possess and sell marijuana under state regulations.

The dueling press conferences looked much the same: moms, many with their children present. Both camps even agreed that marijuana was a problem.

But that’s where the similarities ended.

Stay at home mom Leah Maurer has three young children. She’s in favor of the marijuana legalization measure because she said the status quo fails citizens and kids.

“Under the current system there is absolutely no regulation. Marijuana is being sold everywhere,” she said.

Mothers against Measure 91 representatives said the marijuana industry is using the same tactics as cigarette companies to appeal to kids.

Marriage and family therapist Julie Russell has four adult children and said she’s terrified by the measure.

“I look at these precious children and they’re in jeopardy because of this and I’m encouraging everyone to stand up to Big Marijuana and say no,” she said.

Voting in Oregon is already underway.

<p>Mothers against Measure 91 fear legal marijuana would put children in jeopardy.</p>

Mothers against Measure 91 fear legal marijuana would put children in jeopardy.

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