[Presidential Candidate Jill] Stein, a 62-year-old Massachusetts physician hit Portland this weekend, including a speech today at Hempstalk 2012, a pro-marijuana, pro-hemp festival at Kelley Point Park.
Stein pitched green jobs, renewable energy, student debt relief and marijuana legalization to derail the violent illegal drug trade -- Oregon's Measure 80, on November's ballot, would legalize use for adults, regulate and tax it, and lift restrictions on using industrial hemp in clothing and other products.
"Poor people are being thrown into prison for the recreational use of a substance that is not dangerous," Stein told the crowd, "and that is a crime."
At this point, Stein's on the ballot in Oregon and 36 other states.
Her wide-ranging platform includes creating 25 million jobs in the public and private sectors, increasing grants and loans for green business and small business, and restoring the Glass-Steagall separation of commercial banks from "speculative" investment banks.
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