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Marijuana Activists Target Oregon Attorney General Candidate

SALEM, Ore. - A candidate for Oregon state Attorney General faces an unusual new opposition campaign. Democrat Dwight Holton has become the target of medical marijuana activists. Holton faces retired judge Ellen Rosenblum in the May Democratic primary.

Medical marijuana groups say Holton cracked down on marijuana growers and distributors during his time as a federal prosecutor. He served Oregon’s U.S. attorney for two years.

Pro-legalization activist Bob Wolfe has launched an anti-Holton website and says, "Medical marijuana activists are targeting every public appearance that Mr. Holton has from now on."

Holton says he supports Oregon’s voter-approved medical marijuana program. But spokeswoman Jillian Schoene says the law has been abused.

"The law needs to be about meeting the needs of the patients," Schoene says. "What it should not be used as is backdoor legalization.”

Holton's opponent in the Democratic primary is Ellen Rosenblum. The retired state judge has said she'll make enforcement of marijuana laws a low priority.

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Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.