The Portland City Council approved $500,000 in the FY2017-18 Adopted Budget for a portion of projected annual revenues from a local tax on recreational marijuana sales. The tax was referred to the ballot by City Council and passed by Portland voters in November 2016.
Per City Council’s direction, a community steering committee process and community survey provided guidance on how funding should be appropriately allocated. Based on community input, the City of Portland dedicated $350,000 in grant funding to the area of record clearing and workforce development for individuals disproportionately impacted by cannabis prohibition.
Year 1 funding was administered by the Office of Management and Finance and grants were awarded in each of the following areas:
Record Clearing: Undo direct harm to those disproportionately impacted by cannabis prohibition by removing barriers to housing, employment, and education through legal support including but not limited to expungement, fine reduction, and charge reduction.
Workforce Development: Create pathways for people disproportionately impacted by previous cannabis laws to obtain family-wage jobs, including, but not limited to, training, mentorship, and other workforce reentry support.
Three organizations were selected as awardees for year 1: