Cascade Cannabis Association is very happy to be able to work with the Oregon Cannabis Retailers Association, aka ORCA, whose mission is to create and support a thriving, safe, legal, and respected cannabis industry. That’s a mission we at Cascade Cannabis Association can really vibe with and we believe by working together we can achieve much more united! A group of Cascade Cannabis Association members joined ORCA for a lobby day in the State Capital in Salem last week. We were so impressed with ORCA’s organization, diligence in setting meetings and their approach in providing free education for cannabis industry representatives.
Being out in Central Oregon, it is easy to get left out of conversations that happen in our State Capital so it was really great to be included in ORCA’s Lobby Day. For this article, we thought we would recap the policies that ORCA has endorsed in addition to providing you with additional information that may be helpful if you want to interact with your representatives.
Before we get into the endorsed bills let’s back up and briefly review Oregon’s legislative process to put this all into perspective. The Legislative Assembly is bicameral, meaning it has two houses, the Senate and the House of Representatives. These legislative bodies meet during sessions to get bills passed. Oregon has annual sessions; on odd years we limit the length of legislative to 160 calendar days and on the even years we have what is called a “short session” of 35 calendar days. The good news for 2019 is that we are in a longer session and we have more time to get much needed work done on a legislative level for the cannabis space. It takes real people facing real problems to let our legislators know what they need to support or stop in terms of the bills they are presented with.
Here is a handy link to learn who your legislators are and guess what?! Between Cascade Cannabis Association and ORCA we can provide the support you need to interact with your legislators and make sure Central Oregon is not left out of important conversations that will impact future regulations.
Here are the bills the ORCA has endorsed.
SB-582 Legal Export
SB-420 Automatic Expungement
SB-639 Social Consumption
HB- 2655 Employment Protection
SB-585 Responsible Retailer
HB-2909 Home Delivery Upgrade
HB-2687 Organ Transplant Protections
HB-3362 Title Insurance Protections
SB-365 Protections from local Development Fees
OCRA opposes HB-2382 Additional Tax on Farms in Four Counties.
Please take some time to read more about these bills on the ORCA’s website. If any of these bills impact you or your business please let us know by responding to this email.