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Feb. 1, 2018 - Mayor Ted Wheeler Blogs RE: Cannabis

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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler recently released a series of blog posts about local cannabis regulation!

You can find all three posts by clicking here, or by click the individual links below with a short except from each post:

 

Local Control Rewards Local Communities:

"In the year since legalizing recreational marijuana use, we have seen both a significant increase in tax revenue and the creation of 19,000 industry-connected jobs across the State of Oregon. The revenue generated from Portland's 3% tax on cannabis and cannabis products, approved by Portlanders in 2016, will total around $3 million for FY 2017-18."

 

Local Control is Responsive to our Communities:

"Drawn from our experience, the City of Portland also provides testimony and insight to the Oregon legislature on cannabis topics. For example, the Mayor’s Office, Portland Office of Government Relations, and the City’s Cannabis Program testified in support of Senate Bill 307 in 2017, which would have created a regulatory framework for the social consumption of cannabis. As the cannabis landscape in Portland continues to change, we will continue to learn and share our thoughts and experiences with Oregon’s elected leaders, agencies, and staff."

 

Local Control is Responsible Control:

"While we appreciate U.S. Attorney Williams initial response, the Portland City Council sent him a letter reminding him of the importance of continued local control of cannabis. Local control and regulation of Portland’s rapidly growing cannabis industry is not only more efficient; it’s much safer. It’s tailored to what has and hasn’t worked during Portland’s legalization process. This way, we can better meet the needs of our city’s residents and visitors, and allow these legal businesses to thrive."