It’s election time, so check out the voters guide link and don’t forget November 6th is the last day to vote at the following locations (postmarks do not count).
We have some exciting news about the Bend mayoral elections and the La Pine City Council elections; it’s very exciting to see candidates that support and come from the cannabis space so let’s get to the polls and bring our friends!
Interview with Michael Harper, Celebrate Cannabis’ endorsed candidate for La Pine’s City Council.
Michael, you are a Cannabis Producer running for La Pine City council, what got you here?
I worked for the last 25 years in the medical field servicing high tech equipment such as Particle Accelerators and Nuclear Medicine equipment in the east coast. From 2016-2017 I took on Regional Service Manager, managing a $28 million dollar budget and 24 field engineers. I was getting tired of the corporate world and the numbers over people trends. It was around this time that my cannabis plants were confiscated and destroyed; my wife of 29 years, Melissa, suggested that we need to live somewhere that cannabis was legal and that I needed to seek out what would make me happy. I told her that I wanted a career in cannabis and didn’t care how low a position or how hard I had to work to prove myself as long as I would be able to work with cannabis. Melissa supported me following my passion with hopes of a healthier and happier life and future for us.
In 2017 I founded Harper’s Highlands, a craft cannabis business; I am thrilled to say I received my OLCC producers License by August 2018, and that process of the La Pine CUP applications and county building code requirements triggered me to get involved with La Pine’s local government. I was very impressed with the way the mayor, city council and city staff were planning the growth of the city with a huge focus on how it will expand with future generations in mind. By early summer people began to approach me about running for office here in La Pine. I have to say, I was extremely surprised at first considering most of the businesses I had developed were in the cannabis industry and I had stated often that my goal was to take cannabis mainstream. After extensive consideration, input from my Melissa and the local community I decided that my true goal here was the betterment of La Pine and the outlying neighborhoods so I decided to run for City Council. The support and encouragement has been tremendous and I can’t thank this wonderful community enough for standing behind me!
What do you hope to accomplish on the La Pine City Council?
My long-term goal is just the betterment of this wonderful community through proper city planning to address the growth happening so quickly here with a focus on opportunities and help for the homeless and less fortunate in the area that can be addressed by jobs and low-income housing. It seems the communities around us have made no room for these people so we have an opportunity to have them in our workforce and paying rent or buying reasonably priced homes here.
How can our readers support your campaign?
Please contact anyone you know that lives in the city of La Pine and make sure they vote for me.
Happy Fall everyone, we will continue to feature a conversation with a new member, sponsor or another influencer in the cannabis community. If you’d like to be considered for a feature, please consider joining our organization, or just reach out to us. Please don’t forget to share this with someone that would make a great Celebrate Cannabis member.