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Feb. 28, 2019 - Video: Supporting Social Consumption of Cannabis

Brandon Goldner testimony SB 639

On Thu. Feb. 28, 2019, City of Portland Cannabis Program Supervisor Brandon Goldner testified in support of Senate Bill 639, which would create legal, regulated spaces for adults to consume cannabis outside of the home in Oregon. We believe it's far past time for adults in Oregon to have spaces to consume cannabis together, safely and legally.

See the video above or by clicking this link to go the video on YouTube, and see below for the full text:

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The City has been supportive of a statewide framework for the social consumption of cannabis since 2017 for a number of reasons, and you can read more about all of those in the written testimony we provided today.

But I wanted to hit on a few important points, in person, for why the City supports this bill.

First, this is an equity issue.

We know that cannabis prohibition disproportionately affects underrepresented communities… but particularly communities of color.

By providing a safe, legal, and regulated space for adults to consume cannabis, it becomes much less likely that those same communities would continue to be affected by current restrictions on consuming cannabis in public.

Second: this bill would help vulnerable Oregonians, including people with disabilities and Veterans, who are Medical Marijuana patients, but may not be able to consume their doctor-prescribed medication in their own homes

Third, SB 639 would offer parents a regulated, safe space to consume cannabis away from children; with other adults; and with those who can provide education about the effects and best practices of consuming cannabis.

In short: this bill would help regulators like the City of Portland more efficiently and effectively apply the rules; would give consumers more options; would help Oregon’s craft cannabis industry; and protect Oregon’s most vulnerable populations, including youth, medical patients, and those most impacted by cannabis prohibition.

Thank you for your time.