What Eugene thinks of Washington's new laws

EUGENE, Ore. -- In the 2012 election, Washington voters passed both the legalization of marijuana and gay marriage. Here in Oregon, the measure that would legalize marijuana was rejected in November, and a law allowing gay marriage wasn't on the ballot.

In spite of our neighbors to the north beating us to the punch, many Eugene residents say that Oregon won't be far behind.

While no one that KVAL reporter Carley Gomez spoke to will be heading across the border to take advantage of the new law, most agree with it.

"I think it's long over due. It's a great precedence that the state of Washington has passed that and I wish that all of the other states in the u.s. would do that also." said Planet Glassberg.

"I just don't understand why it didn't pass here in Oregon," said Eugene resident, Denver Hamlin. "It seems like there's a lot more hippie types and pot heads here than there are in Washington."

"Maybe if we spent less time putting people in jail for marijuana crimes we'd have more money to deal with other problems, like the meth and heroin problems that are affecting our community." said John Morrell.

KVAL did encounter some people who were against Washington's decision to pass the measures.

"I think it's truly unfortunate that we have states that are passing laws that are contrary to federal laws." said Neal Zoumboukos.

Washingtonians also redefined marriage by passing a law that allows homosexual marriage, one that Oregon voters have rejected in the past.

"I have a lot of gay friends and I think you should be able to marry who you want that's brilliant." said Ciara Cuddihy-Hernandez

"Marriage is a religious institution. Civil unions are a civil institution. What we've really approved up there is a civil union." Zoumboukos said.

"I just think it's unfair people who are gay aren't allowed to marry. It's a fundamental human institution that ought to be available to everybody." said David Force.

Many people that KVAL spoke to said that it's just a matter of time before Oregon's laws change. Whether that's true or not will ultimately be decided by the voters.