I received the following message from New Approach Oregon yesterday. If you are in the Portland area next week make sure to check out the Cannabis Collaborative Conference, which is one of my personal favorites:
Recent moves by Attorney General Jeff Sessions have rocked the cannabis industry in Oregon and across the nation, but we are fighting back to protect the will of the voters. Here in Oregon, we are fortunate to have elected officials that are pushing back on the harmful and undemocratic actions of Sessions, starting with Congressman Earl Blumenauer, who is working on bipartisan solutions in Congress. Below is a “Call to Action” from the Cannabis Collaborative Conference, which is hosting an upcoming event that is a great opportunity for Oregonians to learn the latest information and unite against federal interference of our marijuana laws.
–Anthony Johnson, New Approach Oregon
CALL TO ACTION!
COME TOGETHER, RIGHT NOW, TO PROTECT THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY WITH YOUR FELLOW INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS AT CCC
In response to Attorney General Jeff Session’s retraction of the Cole Memo last week, Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s message was: “This is outrageous. Going against the majority of Americans—including a majority of Republican voters—who want the federal government to stay out of the way is perhaps one of the stupidest decisions the Attorney General has made. One wonders if Trump was consulted—it is Jeff Sessions after all—because this would violate his campaign promise not to interfere with state marijuana laws.”
Now, Congressman Blumenauer is receiving positive support from legislators that previously had been non-responsive. This troubling move by Jeff Sessions has helped to galvanize support; but we need to mobilize to capitalize on the momentum that is building. On a recent call with Oregon advocates, Representative Blumenauer stated that we have more Congressional support than ever before and that there is growing support to not only reaffirm the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment that protects medical cannabis businesses, but also pass protections that will prohibit the Jeff Sessions Justice Department from prosecuting state-licensed recreational businesses.
Congressman Blumenauer is a national leader on cannabis reform and a founder of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus. This is a call to action. It’s time for anyone who cares about cannabis to mobilize to defend state marijuana laws. There are over 150,000 industry jobs across the country with 19,000 in Oregon alone. We are a powerful political force if we stand together.
What can we do now?
Rally together with law abiding, tax paying professionals in the Cannabis Industry and unite! CCC 4.0 is just one, already scheduled, opportunity to ban together and show the media and the world that we will not back down.
Congressman Blumenauer will provide a current update, to open the conference on January 24, 2018, followed by a discussion with Oregon and Washington regulators on how these two states will continue to regulate cannabis given recent federal activity. Listen to Rick Garza, Director of Washington’s Liquor and Cannabis Board, and Steve Marks, Executive Director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission explain how each state constructed its rules regulating cannabis, their efforts to comply with the Cole Memo, and what the state regulators will focus on in 2018 and beyond.
It’s now more important than ever to show a united front on recreational marijuana legalization.