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The City of Portland, Oregon

Community & Civic Life

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

Cannabis Policy Oversight Team (CPOT)

Deadline for Applicants: August 25, 2019

Staff Liaison: Kimie Ueoka,, 503-823-2094


Instructions below.

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Purpose and Background

It is important for people who are interested in serving on the committee to understand and support the background and mission of this volunteer committee.

CPOT’s role is to discuss and develop policies that support equitable access and outcomes for the cannabis industry, cannabis consumers, and all City of Portland residents. The Body will meet in perpetuity and generate annual reports to summarize its work. It will inform and advise to the Bureau Director and Cannabis Program regarding equitable access and outcomes in the following substantive areas:

  • regulations;
  • government spending;
  • outreach activities; and
  • economic development.

Image Description (Right): CPOT members sit around a large table in a conference room at City Hall during a meeting to discuss and list important topics and areas of focus for cannabis policy. Members of the public observe from a seating area behind the CPOT members. 

Current number of seats filled: 11

Number of seats available: 1

Who can join

To be eligible for the advisory committee, members must live, play, worship, go to school, work or do business in the City of Portland.

What We Look For

We want people from every part of Portland here to share their voice on this committee, especially people who have not been involved before. If you want to serve your community and to help government make better choices, then we want to see your application. The attributes listed below are what will guide our selection process. It is helpful if you are specific in your answers. We do not expect you to be or have everything listed.

  • You believe government is better when community is involved
  • You are an advocate for racial equity: you want positive and long-lasting outcomes for racial and ethnic communities who have been left out before. You can bring discussion about racial and ethnic communities who need it the most.
  • You are available to attend all meetings and participate in the discussions
  • You have a deep understanding of the impacts and inequities resulting from cannabis / drug policy (past and present) – or;
  • Expertise or experience in following substantive areas:
    • Impact of cannabis prohibition on individuals, families, and communities (i.e. medical patients, Veterans, formerly incarcerated)
    • Criminal justice reform
    • Community health
    • Work with youth and on issues specific to youth

 Time Commitment

  • Members are involved for a duration of 2 year terms, or no more than 8 consecutive years.
  • Monthly meetings will take place on Thursday evenings from 6:00pm-8:30pm at Portland City Hall (1221 SW 4th Ave., Portland OR 97204)
  • Members will serve a term of either 2 or 3 years.
  • Members are expected to prepare for meetings on their own time. Meeting materials for review may be sent with minimal time to review, possibly as few as forty-eight hours (or two days) in advance.

We Remove Barriers

Let us know if there are barriers to your participation. Dinner will be provided at evening meetings. Public transportation or parking passes will be available if you need those to fully participate.

Image: CPOT members sit around a large table in a conference room at City Hall during a meeting to discuss and list important topics and areas of focus for cannabis policy. Members of the public observe from a seating area behind the CPOT members.

  • We provide interpreters who will translate the conversation in your language during the meeting. Please ask for an interpreter at least a week in advance of the meeting so we have enough time to make arrangements.
  • You may need to read and write in your language. Verbal and written translations are performed by outside organizations. The dialects may be different than your home region and may be different on each document.
  • We try to translate the written materials you ask for, but we may not be able to provide translation on all meeting documents.

Volunteer Ethics

People who join this committee will become what we call “Public Officials,” which means that while you serve you must behave fair and ethically. We will provide training on this once you are accepted. Part of following Public Officials Ethics laws means you must tell the group when you or a relative may financially benefit (or avoid fees) by your recommendations. This is called a “Conflict of Interest.” If you tell us about potential Conflicts of Interest that does not mean you cannot serve, in fact, many committees have potential members with Conflicts of Interest. We appreciate your ethical inclusion of possible Conflicts of Interest on the form included in the application.

How to Apply

Applications are due on August 25, 2019


Applications will be reviewed beginning August 26, 2019.

Online submission is the preferred, fastest method to get the application into the hands of the selection committee. We suggest you pre-write and save your answers in a separate document, so you have your own copy, and to prevent loss of your work from internet disruptions. You may request to submit a Word version of the application. Email to request a Word version.

To talk with someone about this opportunity or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory body staff liaison at or 503-823-2094.

Voluntary & Confidential Demographic Information

The City is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Completing the demographic information on the application is voluntary, but we encourage you to provide that information.  The City uses this information to help ensure that advisory body appointments represent a broad cross-section of community. Your information will not be used during the recruitment nor the selection process. State and federal law prohibit use of this information to discriminate against you. Questions about this may be sent to

General Questions

For general questions about the Advisory Bodies program, the volunteer recruitment process, or other upcoming advisory body opportunities please email

We Encourage You to Apply

We welcome you to browse our website to learn more about the Office of Community & Civic Life at

Do you have questions or need more information? Email or 503-823-2094.

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