Portland’s Marijuana Enforcement Has Gone Too Far

Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI), which regulates local marijuana businesses, has greatly exceeded the scope of what is needed by investigating events that allow adults to utilize cannabis. When over 56% of Oregonians voted for Measure 91, legalizing cannabis in the state, with overwhelming support from the Portland-area, we don’t believe voters intended for the City of Portland to have enforcement officers investigating peaceful events where cannabis was consumed by adults. From The Oregonian:

Three recent large-scale marijuana-themed events are under investigation by Portland officials who say such gatherings may violate clean air rules and other regulations prohibiting public pot consumption and sale.

Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement, which oversees the city’s marijuana policy, has ramped up pot-related enforcement efforts with the addition of four compliance officers since March, Victor Salinas, the city’s marijuana policy coordinator, said Friday.

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He said compliance officials, whose salaries are covered by city marijuana licensing fees, are keeping tabs on upcoming events that may violate the rules. Organizers or promoters of the events or owners of the property where they are held may face fines, he said. The city may fine violators as much as $5,000, he said.

The investigation of these events by the city follow on the heels of licensing fees that far exceed the fees of local liquor licenses and a permitting process that has been an expensive burden placed upon small business owners. Localities are allowed to make reasonable regulations on marijuana businesses, but it appears that Portland has gone above and beyond reasonable. We hope that ONI can be convinced to roll back some of these unnecessary regulations. If not, we will have to take the political battle to the city council and potentially the voters of Portland.

Portland’s Marijuana Policy Oversight Team meets every other month at Portland City Hall from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of every month, please make your voices heard.

Upcoming meetings:
• May 18, 2016
• June 22, 2016
• Aug. 24, 2016
• Oct. 26, 2016
• Dec. XX, 2016 (TBD)
• Jan. 25, 2017

YOU helped convince Deschutes County Commissioners to respect the will of the voters!

We called on Measure 91 supporters to contact Deschutes County Commissioners, you responded, and your voices were heard loud and clear!  Many concerned citizens and organizations, such as Measure 91’s biggest funder, the Drug Policy Alliance, respectfully requested sensible regulations and we can now score one big victory for the good guys and gals.

Oregrown

We want to especially thank Oregrown, a local Deschutes County business that worked tirelessly to defeat the proposed ban. Oregongrown has been providing jobs and proudly serving the local community and they did everything possible to ensure that the ban was rescinded. We were up against prohibitionists who wanted to overturn the will of the voters, but, once again, we demonstrated that facts and reason can defeat Reefer Madness propaganda. Thankfully, the will of the voters won the day and, instead of a ban, the county will move forward with a cannabis policy that will create jobs, generate revenue and help the local economy.

Next up, all supporters need to spread the word to help ensure that bans are overturned in both Klamath and Douglas Counties on this May ballot. We will be working hard to overturn these bans and then more on the ballot this November. If you are able, please make a donation and support us as we continue to work towards marijuana policies that work for all Oregonians.

Thank you,

New Approach Oregon

Who We Are

We are the coalition that is proud to have brought Oregon Measure 91. The initiative to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana. Learn More


What’s Next

As the Oregon Legislature and Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) implements Measure 91, New Approach Oregon has been monitoring the process and working to protect what Oregonian’s voted for. Learn More