Late Tuesday evening, we sent an action alert to our members and more than 125 Portland dispensary owners and operators asking them to sign onto a letter to the Portland City Council, urging the City to adopt a fair and reasonable licensing process that protects the personal, financial and human investments so many Portlanders have made in their businesses.
Yesterday, we took copies of that letter signed by more than 50 businesses (who together employ more than 600 Oregonians!) and presented it to the Council. Dozens of our members came to City Hall and several gave testimony.
We were also very happy to see Sen. Ginny Burdick and Rep. Ann Lininger, who co-chair the Legislature's Joint Committee on Marijuana Legalization, go on the record with the Council to make it clear that the Legislature's intent has been to ensure that Oregon's licensed and compliant businesses can help make the coming adult use market a success for our state.
Fairness won the day. The amendments now under consideration by the City will protect most of Portland's licensed dispensaries from having to race against unknown contenders for licenses. The final vote is expected next week. Meanwhile, we may suggest technical adjustments to ensure the final rules are consistent, fair and reasonable.
This is exactly why the Oregon Cannabis Association exists. We are working at the local, state and federal level to bring fair, reasonable and transparent regulation to our industry. Together, we are growing our businesses, bring jobs and prosperity to Oregon, and building the best cannabis industry in the country.