Cocktails with Governor Kate Brown

On the evening of June 8th, 2017, the OCA hosted an informal cocktail hour for the Oregon State Governor, Kate Brown.  The event was held in the beautiful Red Shed, at Langdon Farms Golf Course in Aurora, OR.

Cocktails were followed by personal stories of building cannabis businesses in Oregon, and the roadblocks that can occur, from OCA Members Preston GreeneMatt Walstatter, Sally Alworth, and Tyson Haworth . The Governor then followed with inspiring comments and an overview of the State of the State of Cannabis from her perspective.

It was a lovely and informative evening for everyone involved. This was special OCA relationship builder and was a unique opportunity to have the Governor get to know OCA members.

 

 

 

The OCA goes to Washington

The OCA is the leader of the Oregon Cannabis Industry. 30 of our members are going on our third trip to Washington D.C. this June 19-22 to meet with 35 different Congresspeople. Members will be speaking to elected officials about the stumbling blocks that impede the growth of the cannabis industry. Some of the topics that will be covered at the U.S.Captial are reasonable access to banking like other industries, potential interstate commerce, and 280e taxes. 

This is an exciting time in the Cannabis Industry. It is also an ever changing industry as laws and regulations are created. The OCA is committed to shaping these conversations and having a seat at the table. Please check back in a few weeks for a report and pictures from the trip. Hopefully you can join us next time!

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