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.
LIVESTREAMING & MEDIA CALL-IN DETAILS:
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.