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November elections might be over but a complaint remains pending on Measure 74

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November 5, 2010

SALEM, Oregon: The November 2 elections have passed but in Oregon, a complaint filed related to Measure 74 remains pending. Days prior to the election, on October 29, 2010 Sgt. Erik Fisher of the Oregon State Police drug-enforcement section became involved in a Oregon Secretary of State investigation on a campaigning complaint surrounding Measure 74. The original complaint was filed against Medford Police Chief Randy Schoen, Medford Assistant Chief Tim George and Medford Lt. Tim Doney. A total of nine state police officers are included in complaints that they campaigns in opposition of the measure.[1]

Measure 74, would have created a system where farmers could become licensed by the State of Oregon to grow and distribute marijuana crops to medical marijuana dispensaries in the state. The measure was defeated by voters with a vote of 57.1% to 42.9% according to unofficial results.[2]

Specifically, the investigation involving Fisher revolves around comments made by Fisher in newspaper articles in the Mail Tribune and the Eugene Register-Guard. According to state law, Oregon Revised Statute 260.432 excludes public officials from promoting or opposing any measure or candidate as part of their duties According to reports, a violation of this law results in a fine of $75.[3]

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