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Fake Voter Guide Fires Up Debate Over Creswell Marijuana Ballot Initiative

A contentious ballot initiative in Creswell has both sides of the issue calling foul on each other.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, one of the more prominent spats is over a fake voter guide.

The document has appeared in Creswell mailboxes, and looks at first glance to be a bonafide, government publication.  But Dan Isaacson, CEO of One Gro, says if you look closer, you can see the word “UNOFFICIAL” in a faintly darker shade of gray.

“It’s just sad that that would be something that they would do, because I think your message can stand on its own, or can’t stand on its own, and let the voters decide without having to deceive them.” 

One Gro is the investment group pushing Ballot Initiative 20-280, which would lift Creswell’s ban on marijuana retailers approved by voters last year.

Kevin Prociw is with the groups No to One Gro and Keep It Creswell.  He takes responsibility for the document, which he says is essentially a legal advertisement.

“Well of course Mr. Isaacson’s irked about the voter’s guide.  We make no apologies, we needed to educate the voters so we took it upon ourselves to create a guide since the county and the city weren’t producing one.” 

A bill to prohibit imitation voter guidesfailed to pass in the last legislative session. Creswell voters will decide the fate of Ballot Initiative 20-280 on Tuesday.  

Copyright 2017, KLCC. 

Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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