Chalk one up for the good guys. On Tuesday, Ellen F. Rosenblum, a retired appellate court judge and the candidate backed by medical marijuana patients and activists, trounced her opponent, ex-federal prosecutor Dwight Holton, in the Oregon Democratic primary for state attorney general.

According to, Rosenblum had 184,410 votes – 64 percent – with only 103,784 ballots cast for Holton, a meager 36 percent.

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Rosenblum, 61, a former Oregon Court of Appeals judge from 2005-2011, easily won the support of medical pot users and advocates by pledging to make enforcement of marijuana laws a low priority should she achieve office. She was a decidedly more appealing choice to pro-pot voters than Holton, 46, who openly criticized Oregon’s medical marijuana law and was U.S. Attorney in Oregon in September 2011 when the feds raided five large co-op medical pot gardens in Jackson County.

Holton also promised to “work closely” with state Republicans to modify Oregon’s medical marijuana laws, which greatly concerned Oregon pot patients; though perhaps unsurprising, given Holton’s father Linwood was a former Republican governor of Virginia in the early 1970s, a man who wouldn’t even allow conservative Democrats into the Virginia Republican Party.

According to the Associated Press, Rosenblum objected to Holton’s claims that she was showing political favoritism towards medical marijuana supporters in exchange for generous campaign contributions (medical pot advocates donated over $140,000 to Rosenblum). Much of the credit for making medical marijuana the key issue in the Oregon AG race has been attributed to the activist group Citizens for Sensible Law Enforcement, which ran radio ads against Holton and came up with catchy slogans like “Dwight’s Not Right,” rendering last-minute attempts by Holton’s campaign to fool voters by blurring his own anti-pot message unsuccessful.

The Oregon GOP did not field an official candidate for Attorney General, though it is speculated that the write-in Republican who receives the most votes will square off against the now high-profile Rosenblum come November.

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