Umatilla County Sheriff John Trumbo lied to The Oregonian last week when he said that he didn’t know anyone affiliated with a group called “Protect Our Society”. Protect Our Society was a Political Action Committee (PAC) that was created for Measure 32, a 2010 initiative which sought to repeal the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA).
According to Election records provided by the Oregon Secretary of State, Trumbo was a Chief Petitioner for Protect Our Society which was discontinued on April 10th, 2012.
So why did Trumbo lie to the Oregonian about his involvement with the group?
The PAC was technically discontinued after the petition failed to get any signatures; however they are far from non-existent. Acting from the shadows, Protect Our Society purchased a handful of billboards in the Portland metro area depicting an emaciated adolescent girl who appears to be hooked on meth.
Although the billboards were removed when Protect Our Society refused to divulge contact information to allow those concerned to discover where the money came from to buy the ads, their presence started to raise questions. It’s unclear why Trumbo is covering up his affiliation with Protect Our Society, a group that appears to be purchasing ads to unlawfully oppose Measure 80. Trumbo sits on the executive board of the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association, which posted an essay opposing Measure 80.
The essay, attributed to the Sheriff of Multnomah County Dan Staton and Sheriff of Washington County Pat Garrett along with two others, bears the same headline that appeared on the signs from Protect Our Society (“Marijuana What’s good about it? Nothing”).
These tactics are not new. Prohibitionists like Trumbo have been teaming up and actively opposing progressive marijuana reform for years.
Oregonians for Law Reform has left multiple messages with Trumbo’s office, but he has yet to return our calls.
Last, but certainly not least, be sure to vote YES on Measure 80 to put an end to adult marijuana prohibition in Oregon!
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