My title is Jonathan Manton. I’m blessed to be your advocate, representing the greater than 200 members of the Oregon Cannabis Association
as your lobbyist.
The Oregon Legislature is now quickly making ready for the 2022 Oregon Legislative Session. This will probably be a ‘Short Session’. In even numbered years, the Legislative Assembly convenes for six weeks beginning in February. Full periods convene in odd numbered years and customarily final for
about six months. Short periods are supposed to deal with a way more restricted agenda than full periods, creating considerably totally different dynamics. However, there are a number of proposals of excessive curiosity to the Oregon Cannabis Association that will probably be on the agenda in February. We at the moment are working intently with quite a few legislators, company personnel, and different stakeholders to affect these legislative proposals.
We anticipate that a number of totally different payments of curiosity will probably be launched, debated, and thought of. An interim workgroup has been assembly over the past a number of months to look at hashish taxation. This effort is being led by State Representative Nancy Nathanson (D- Eugene), and we at the moment are awaiting phrase to see if a invoice will probably be launched that might suggest any modifications. We are additionally working intently with State Representative John Lively (D-Springfield) on what will probably be a invoice sponsored by the House Committee on Economic Recovery and Prosperity that he Chairs. This invoice is predicted to suggest a two yr continuation of the producer moratorium which is about to sundown in January. It can also be anticipated to include language to permit producer/cultivator licenses that had been surrendered within the yr 2020 to turn into accessible and reserved for Social Equity Applicants through the prolonged two yr moratorium. Other events, together with the OLCC, will probably be advocating for and towards doubtless further provisions on this invoice. A 3rd invoice, to be Chief Sponsored by House Speaker Tina Kotek (D- Portland), will embrace the hashish business as an rising financial sector. Speaker Kotek’s invoice is predicted to direct the Oregon Business Development Department to conduct a market
evaluation to evaluate financial progress alternatives and potential regulatory modifications that could possibly be made with a purpose to finest put together Oregon for the day when interstate commerce is allowed, in addition to for the day when federal legalization occurs.
We will know many extra of the crucially necessary particulars and tremendous print of those legislative proposals within the weeks forward. At this stage issues are fairly fluid, and no legislative proposals are publicly accessible. Once these payments are formally launched and made public, we can have
ample alternatives to share our views and counsel modifications to them straight with key legislators. We will even be showing in public hearings earlier than Legislative Committees, offering professional testimony each orally and in writing through the February session. The course of is in early levels now, although issues will probably be shifting in a short time within the subsequent three months.
Please keep tuned! Democracy shouldn’t be a spectator sport, and every of your voices will probably be very useful in shaping these and lots of different extremely necessary coverage issues over the subsequent weeks and months. It is my privilege to be just right for you—you make Oregon a greater place to reside and
work. Thank you for all that you just do, and please don’t hesitate to contact the OCA Legislative Policy Committee, Meghan, or me straight together with your ideas, issues, concepts, and questions.