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Community & Civic Life

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Main: 503-823-4519

City/County Info: 503-823-4000

TDD: 503-823-6868

1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204

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Cannabis Policy Oversight Team

Description: The Cannabis Policy Oversight Team advisory body seeks diverse stakeholder perspectives on cannabis-related public policies. It will consist of cannabis industry representatives and others that possess an in-depth understanding of issues affecting and affected by the cannabis industry. Its objective is to discuss and develop policies that support equitable access and outcomes for the cannabis industry, cannabis consumers, and all City of Portland residents. It will generate annual reports to summarize its work to the Bureau Director. The advisory body will provide input regarding equitable access and outcomes in the following substantive areas:

  • Regulations;
  • Government Spending;
  • Outreach Activities; and
  • Economic Development.

The Cannabis Policy Oversight Team advises the Bureau Director on a perpetual basis.

Total seats: 12

Term length: Two and three years.

Volunteer position description:

The REQUIREMENTS for membership are:

  • You live, work, or do business in Portland;
  • You have an informed perspective on regulated cannabis;
  • You are an advocate for racial equity and inclusion;
  • You have experience working successfully with diverse stakeholders;
  • You are able and eager to collaborate with stakeholders of varying perspectives in a safe, welcoming environment; and
  • You have experience working with diverse Portland communities.



  • Firsthand experience with the Portland cannabis industry;
  • Thorough knowledge of inequities in the regulated cannabis industry;
  • Deep understanding of the impacts of cannabis prohibition on communities of color; and/or
  • Expertise in substantive areas such as economic development, tourism, public health, or issues affecting youth.


Members will be expected to fulfill the following time commitments:

  • Meetings:

Members will be required to attend 2.5-hour monthly meetings on weekday evenings from 6pm-8:30pm. The Cannabis Policy Oversight Team will begin meeting in February 2019 and continue monthly meetings in perpetuity.

  • Term:

Members will be expected to serve an initial two- or three- year term based on members' preferences. All remaining terms will be two-year terms. Members will have the opportunity to renew terms for up to a total of three consecutive terms.

  • Other:

Members will be expected to be responsive to staff requests and review materials in advance of meetings.


Bureau host: Community & Civic Life

Contact: Kimie Oeoka, 503-823-2094