The Oregon Measure 91 legalization law mandated that any locality wanting to ban marijuana businesses had to undergo the same procedure as alcohol, which makes sense, right? Instead of requiring concerned citizens to gather the requisite number signatures to place a cannabis business ban on the ballot, the Oregon Legislature changed Measure 91, allowing city councils and county commission to send proposed bans to the general election ballot with simply a majority vote; if Measure 91 didn’t garner 45% in the county, then they could ban regulated businesses without a vote of the people.
While this change to Measure 91 undercut one of the goals of the law and the will of the voters, the good news is that advocates from across the state are organizing to defeat these bans. I was asked to assist in defeating the ban in Sherwood and am pleased to help the dedicated folks there, and in any locality that wants to end these wasteful bans. Sherwood City Council President Jennifer Harris was kind enough to cut a radio ad that will air until election day in the Sherwood area.
These ban on marijuana businesses only force consumers to travel to neighboring communities or into the illegal market. Instead of wasting resources banning regulated cannabis sales, localities should create jobs and generate revenue for their local communities. It is great that Sherwood has a sensible public servant like Ms. Harris who understands that regulation works much better than prohibition.
If you are able, please donate to the Bring Jobs and Revenue to Sherwood PAC and share the radio spot on social media. If you would like to help make some get-out-the-vote phone calls to Sherwood voters, please email jobsrevenuesherwo