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Cannabis Policy Press Conference

Portraits of Dasheeda Dawson, Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, Dr. Rachel Knox, Al Ochosa, and Travis Maurer. Text reads: Join us! Cannabis Policy Conference. Monday, April 11 at 10:30 am PST. To watch the livestream on YouTube and recording, visit You're invited to view the City's first cannabis press conference outside of the steps of Portland City Hall.
10:45 am
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Portland Officials to Hold First-Ever Press Conference on Cannabis Policy Priorities & State of the Industry
City press conference will highlight cannabis policy advancements 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 that outlines the recommendations underway to destigmatize cannabis use, expand racial equity, and support Portland’s growing market. 

Scheduled speakers include: 

  • City of Portland Cannabis Program Manager Dasheeda Dawson 
  • City of Portland Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty
  • City of Portland Cannabis Policy Oversight Team Chair Al Ochosa 
  • City of Portland Cannabis Policy Oversight Team Vice Chair Travis Maurer 
  • Endocannabinologist and Certified Cannabinoid Medicine Specialist Dr. Rachel Knox 

WHEN:  Formal program begins on Monday, April 11 at 10:45 a.m. PST 

WHERE: Outdoor plaza and main entrance of Portland City Hall (1221 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97204) across the street from Terry Schrunk Plaza. The event will take place both in-person and online (livestream details below).

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

Although 2021 was another record sales year for the Oregon cannabis industry, the triple-uppercut punch of COVID, burglaries, and wildfires left the cannabis industry without any lifeline. CPOT immediately got to work and advocated for the $1.33 million Cannabis Emergency Relief Fund, which was approved by City Council on Dec. 1, 2021.

CPOT, supported by Commissioner-in-charge Jo Ann Hardesty, is ready to summarize their equity-centered recommendations. These policy recommendations include a focus on: 

  • Human Equity 
  • Environmental Equity 
  • Economic Equity, and 
  • Social Equity 

All media, including cannabis policy advocates from around the country and world, will participate as this event will be livestreamed for global audiences to view. 


If you are a member of the media, please use our media zoom link: Join Zoom meeting

If you are planning to share this with your readers, please have them tune in via our YouTube Livestream link.

A recording of the video will live on this link following the press conference.