Orlando Massacre Marijuana Comparison Ousts Anti-Cannabis Leader

The director of the prohibitionist group SAM Oregon, Randy Philbrick, resigned from the anti-cannabis group, effective immediately. Philbrick, who has led an attempt to undermine cannabis legalization, with the goal of ultimately repealing Measure 91, made offensive tweets following the aftermath of the Orlando mass-shooting tragedy, directed at Congressman Earl Blumenauer. Russ Belville over at Marijuana Politics, broke the story:

Smart Approaches to Marijuana, the anti-legalization group, has announced the resignation of the leader of their Oregon Project SAM affiliate over comments he made comparing the legalization of marijuana to the horrific massacre in Orlando that killed 49 and wounded 53.

As Marijuana Politics reported, on June 12, as the world was reacting to the news of the slaughter that took place at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, the Twitter account for SAM Oregon was trolling the comments of Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer.

In response to Blumenauer’s statement of disgust over the shooting and the cowardice of elected officials who won’t pass sensible gun regulations, SAM Oregon called out the cowardice of elected officials who “refuse to stand up against the marijuana industry”. SAM Oregon also chided Blumenauer for supporting one “threat to public health/public safety” [marijuana legalization] while also speaking to “condemn another” [the Orlando shooting].

Mr. Philbrick has made many offensive comments, notably insulting medical marijuana patients, by dismissing any medical benefits of cannabis and using quotes around medical. While this is likely not the last time that we have heard from Mr. Philbrick, it is great that Project SAM has distanced themselves from someone who engages in such offensive political rhetoric.

Recreational Edibles, Extracts and Topicals Now Available to Adults!

Adults over the age of 21 have been purchasing up to 7 grams of marijuana flower since last October, and the “early start” has been a great success for our state. Licensed and regulated sales have already created jobs and generated revenue for our great state, and the sky hasn’t fallen like our opponents predicted. Today, starting, on June 1st, our state will take the next step as adults 21 and over will be able to purchase edibles, extracts and topicals in the amounts of:

  • One marijuana-infused edible per day containing up to 15mg of THC
  • Any amount of cannabis-infused topical products containing no more than 6% THC
  • One receptacle of cannabis extract containing up to 1000mg of THC

This is an exciting time for the marijuana industry and movement as we continue to show the nation that regulation is a much better policy than prohibition. The nation will be watching, so please remember to use cannabis products responsibly, and start slow with edibles and extracts, particularly if you are not that familiar with using the products.

If you are looking for potential locations to acquire the new cannabis-infused products, we have some recommendations, as the dispensaries below have proven to be good actors and have pledged a portion of proceeds towards New Approach Oregon, so we can continue fighting for effective marijuana laws and regulations.

In Portland:
Five Zero Trees
10209 SE Division St, Building B, Suite 100
5336 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway

GroHi Station
14812 Se Powell

1917 SE 7th Ave
2231 W Burnside St.

Rip City Remedies
3325 SE Division St

In Eugene:
The Greener Side
1553 Oak St

Cannabliss’ Sorority House
588 E. 11th

In Springfield:
Grateful Meds
1401A Market St

In Bend:
1199 NW Wall St

1814 NE Division St

In Talent:
Grateful Meds
630 Highway 99

We are proud to have helped lead the effort to allow for the early sale of cannabis and infused products, along with the further reduction of criminal penalties. We look forward to implementing more sensible policies in localities across the state and further improving state law, including the addition of a low-income patient program. If you are able please join these generous dispensaries and make a donation to help support our work.

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.


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.


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