Local government officials, cannabis entrepreneurs and industry advocates have come together to show their support for the release of the Cannabis Policy Monitoring Team’s (CPOT) policy report.
The report is key to recommending how the city’s cannabis tax revenue can support the communities most impacted by cannabis prohibition, while recognizing CPOT’s role in advancing policy to help grow businesses. cannabis who continue to deal with the aftermath of COVID, increased burglaries and vandalism, and wildfires.
Dozens of people participated in person and tuned in to the live stream as Portland officials and cannabis influencers stressed the importance of destigmatizing cannabis use.
You can read the cannabis policy report here
CPOT proactively influences cannabis policy to shape the future of the industry
The historic press conference was mobilized by CPOT, the city’s official cannabis advisory body made up of community stakeholders, including the nation’s top cannabis industry leaders.
Established in 2015, CPOT explores current cannabis laws and policies at the local, state, and federal levels. CPOT also provides industry perspective to the Office of Community and Civic Life’s cannabis program and ultimately informs the City of Portland on cannabis-related policies. The all-volunteer group hosts bi-monthly public sessions to discuss and develop policies with the goal of delivering industry diversity, equity, accessibility and sustainability for the full benefit of the City Cannabis Program.
“CPOT is proactively shaping cannabis policy and developing new approaches to industry de-stigmatization, cannabis proficiency and regulatory support,” said Dasheeda Dawson, the city’s Cannabis program manager. from Portland. “I want to commend the Oregon market, but especially the Portland market, because to me it’s the most progressive market in the country, and certainly the most sensible. We have over 400 licenses under the program and we continue to look for ways to foster fairness, accessibility and sustainability in the industry.
Cannabis Equity and Justice: Why Cannabis Policy Reform is Needed?
CPOT’s policy recommendations focus on equity. The emerging cannabis market has found its way to environmental sustainability, human equity, economic resilience, and justice for past hurts from cannabis prohibition.
“When it comes to expunging old cannabis-related criminal records, it shouldn’t be just the job of the City of Portland,” Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty said. “We need the State of Oregon to step up and expunge prior non-violent cannabis-related convictions from all records. And, we need the federal government to move with the times and change the federal classification of cannabis so that our small businesses can stop struggling with the weight of an extreme tax burden, little or no insurance, astronomical bank charges and ineligibility for federal support even during a global pandemic. It is the modern equivalent of taxation without representation.
The city reported that there are 412 active local cannabis licensees, of which approximately 13% belong to BIPOC. CPOT seeks other ways to increase equity, diversity and opportunity within a multi-billion dollar industry.
Although 2021 has been another banner sales year for Oregon’s cannabis industry, the concurrent crises of COVID, burglaries and wildfires, while being excluded from federal aid and the COVID help, have left the cannabis industry without any emergency help.
CPOT quickly got to work and advised Civic Life and the Portland City Council to administer the $1.33 million Cannabis Emergency Relief Fund. The vote was historic as Portland became the first government jurisdiction in the nation to allocate cannabis tax revenue to help cannabis businesses and workers as they continue to experience the effects of theft, COVID-19 and forest fires.
On April 1, the United States House of Representatives voted 220 to 204 in favor of reinvesting and erasing marijuana opportunities (AFTER) Law (HR 3617) that legalizes cannabis at the federal level.
US Representative Earl Blumenauer helped pass this bill. If passed, the measure would require federal courts to overturn previous cannabis-related convictions and hold review hearings for those serving their sentences. It also authorizes a 5% sales tax on cannabis and cannabis products that would be used for grant programs focused on job training, drug treatment and loans to help disadvantaged small businesses enter the market. ‘industry.
The MORE Act is heading to the Senate and is expected to face strong headwinds. Three Senate champions are leading the bill’s efforts, including Senators Schumer, Booker and Wyden.
The City of Portland Cannabis Program
The city of Portland Cannabis program oversees all regulatory, licensing, compliance, education, and equity initiatives for the city’s legal cannabis industry.
A centralized cannabis regulatory office for the city of Portland helps businesses thrive and keeps our community safe. The Cannabis Program helps ensure Portland’s cannabis business community creates local jobs, supports public health and safety, employs a diverse workforce, invests in its people and communities, and provides consumers with safe options. and legal to buy and consume cannabis.
The Cannabis Program is an equity-focused regulatory management framework operationally designed to harness the restorative and restorative potential of the global cannabis decriminalization movement. The city’s program continues to be an ambitious benchmark for local, state and federal jurisdictions demonstrating the ability of the cannabis industry to impact systemic racism on a global scale.
About civic life
The Cannabis program is housed within the Office of Community and Civic Life (Civic life). Civic Life connects Portlanders with their municipal government to promote the common good. Our programs create a culture of collaboration, expanding opportunities for all Portlanders to contribute their knowledge, experience, and creativity to solving local problems and improving life in the city we all share.
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