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Oregon Democrats back legal pot, food labels

August 20, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Democratic Party of Oregon is giving its formal blessing to legal marijuana.

The party announced its positions Wednesday on all seven 2014 ballot measures. Chairman Frank Dixon says in a statement that a large majority of Democrats now support legalization, and Measure 91 takes “the right approach” to regulating the drug.

Democrats also supported measures requiring labels for genetically modified foods and granting driving privileges to people who can’t prove they’re legally in the United States.

Democrats came out against only one measure. It would replace the current Republican and Democratic primaries with a top-two system that advances the top vote-getters regardless of party.

The party’s official positions are determined by about 300 party leaders.

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