Marijuana Growers Prepare for Next Legislative Session and Rule-Making for Recreational Market
The Oregon cannabis community notched a huge victory last month when we legalized recreational marijuana. But as exciting as that is, much work remains. We have an amazing opportunity to take the lessons learned in Colorado and Washington and apply them to create a system in Oregon that can serve as a model as other states legalize.
Of course, with every opportunity comes responsibility. The legislature will be looking at the new law in the upcoming legislative session and the OLCC must make rules to implement the new recreational cannabis program. Those of us in Oregon’s cannabis community must engage with this process in order to create a viable recreational system that respects and protects the rights of patients under the medical system. This is a huge undertaking, one that requires us to organize and coordinate so that we can speak with one voice to legislators, regulators and fellow concerned citizens.
The Oregon Growers PAC was formed several months ago by Oregon cannabis growers who wanted to make sure that we had a voice as this process unfolds. Pure Green’s Matt and Meghan Walstatter are proud to be founding members. The PAC represents indoor, outdoor and greenhouse growers from all parts of Oregon, from the Coast to the High Desert and from Portland to the California border.
We are committed to protecting the medical system as we implement rec. We believe in the right of every adult to grow their own cannabis if they choose. We also work to educate regulators and policy makers so that they can make informed, intelligent decisions about the rules around cannabis.
Noelle Crombie of the Oregonian recently attended a Growers’ PAC meeting. To read her impressions, click the link below:
The Growers PAC has also formed the Oregon Grower’s Association, a true trade association for cannabis growers. It keeps us connected to one another and apprised of rapidly evolving developments in the industry. It provides education and community outreach, as well as legislative updates about the PAC’s work and networking events for growers and other industry members.
We encourage all of you to get involved in the implementation of the new cannabis program by joining or supporting the Growers PAC, The Grower’s Association or any of the other organizations advocating on behalf of our community. You can also contact your representative and senator and let them know how you feel about these issues. For more information on the OG PAC and the OGA, you can visit Pure Green or click the links below: