PORTLAND, Ore. - U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon, wants states to have the right to legalize marijuana, he told KATU during a taping of "Your Voice, Your Vote," Thursday night.
On Friday he's launching ads for his agenda that are paid with his own campaign money totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars.
"Our marijuana laws don't work and cost the government billions," he said. "Federal drug law says that marijuana is more dangerous than meth or cocaine, and that is false.
Blumenauer said it's time for police to focus on real drug abuse. He said pot should be regulated, taxed and should help fund local government projects.
"I think we get real. We do the research. We work to keep it out of the hands of kids. We don't pretend something that's not true," he said.
It's not just Oregon that's going to see his message. He's posting it online to hit other states with his idea of the future of marijuana.
Watch the full interview with Blumenauer this Sunday at 9 a.m. on "Your Voice, Your Vote."
Below, watch one of the ads: