Protesters tell Creswell, Ore., voters to reject pot measure

CRESWELL, Ore. (AP) — Protesters staged a rush-hour demonstration against a pro-marijuana measure that’s on the ballot next month in Creswell, Oregon.

If approved, marijuana retailers would be allowed in the small town south of Eugene. The Register-Guard reports ( ) about 80 protesters stationed themselves at the Interstate 5 exit on Monday, urging passing motorists to keep the prohibition in place.

Creswell voters have already banned marijuana retailers once — 53 percent to 47 percent. But a company seeking to open a shop said the decision was close enough to warrant another vote. The company gathered enough signatures to put the question on the November ballot.

“Nobody thought we’d be out here and have to vote again,” said Kevin Prociw, a protest organizer.

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