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Portland Officials to Hold First-Ever Press Conference on Cannabis Policy Priorities & State of the Industry

The City of Portland will hold its first press conference which will highlight advances in cannabis policy and statements from notable local cannabis entrepreneurs and industry influencers.

WHO:The City of Portland Cannabis Program team will be joined by City of Portland officials, members of the Cannabis Policy Oversight Team and other cannabis industry experts to Host a formal program to unveil the 2021 Cannabis Policy Report which outlines ongoing recommendations to de-stigmatize cannabis use. , expand racial equity and support Portland’s growing market.

Scheduled speakers include:

  • City of Portland Cannabis Program Manager Dasheeda Dawson
  • Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty
  • Al Ochosa, Chairman of the City of Portland’s Cannabis Policy Monitoring Team
  • Travis Maurer, Vice President of the City of Portland’s Cannabis Policy Monitoring Team
  • Endocannabinologist and Certified Specialist in Cannabinoid Medicine Dr. Rachel Knox

WHEN:Official program begins Monday, April 11 at 10:30 a.m. PST

OR:Portland City Hall exterior plaza and main entrance (1221 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97204) across from Terry Schrunk Plaza.

WHY:the Cannabis Policy Monitoring Team (CPOT) will summarize its Cannabis Policy Report 2021 with the Office of Community and Civic Life and the communities served by the City of Portland.

Although 2021 has been another banner sales year for Oregon’s cannabis industry, the triple punch of COVID, burglaries and wildfires have left the cannabis industry with no lifeline. CPOT immediately got to work and advocated for the $1.33 million Cannabis Emergency Relief Fund, which was approved by City Council on December 1, 2021.

The CPOT, supported by Commissioner-in-Charge Jo Ann Hardesty, is ready to summarize its equity-focused recommendations. These policy recommendations focus on:

  • Human equity
  • Environmental Equity
  • economic equity, and
  • Social equality

All media, including cannabis policy advocates from around the country and around the world, will participate as this event will be broadcast live for a global audience.


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About the City of Portland Cannabis Program

The City of Portland’s 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.

Check Cannabis Program Fact Sheet or visit the Cannabis Program website for more information:

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

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