Senate Bill 307

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6/1/2017- CALL TO ACTION:
CALL AND EMAIL YOUR REPS NOW!

Look up your local legislators HERE and contact them. CALL first and then send an email to let your representatives know that you support SB 307 and are encouraging them to advance this important bill. Right now, this bill is under consideration by the Marijuana Regulation committee, but they may not take a vote. Together we can become one of the first locations in the country to offer safe and legal cannabis consumption spaces. PLEASE HELP!

Use one of these templates:

[Subj.] It’s time to treat Oregon’s adults like grown ups

SB 307 takes the sensible step of creating a regulatory framework that would allow adults to meet, enjoy one another’s company, and consume marijuana in a regulated, social setting. We allow adults to consume alcohol at bars and restaurants — we should not restrict responsible marijuana consumers to private homes.

The bill is modest. It requires approval from local government officials, and it limits consumption to outdoor locations. Importantly, it provides a safe, regulated alternative to parks, sidewalks, and alleys, where consumers may end up, even when prohibited by law.

As a constituent, resident, and a supporter of our marijuana laws, I hope you will encourage the Marijuana Regulation committee to take a vote and advance this measure. Oregon needs to move beyond prohibition policies, and a part of that is to have a place for consumers to go. Please support SB 307.

Thank you.

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[Subj.] We voted to end marijuana prohibition, not just give it a new form

As a constituent of yours, I hope you will support of SB 307.

Before voters approved Measure 91, it was illegal for adults to possess marijuana. I and many others voted to move away from prohibitionist policies, and today we are better off for it.

Unfortunately, an important issue remains unresolved, and that is where adults can consume outside a private residence. When alcohol Prohibition ended, it was recognized that adults should still be able to meet socially – they were not restricted to the home. It is ironic today that the less harmful substance, cannabis, can only be consumed at home. This is ridiculous.

But at the same time, we don’t want people consuming in public parks or other, similar places. The system proposed in SB 307 takes the simple step of allowing some businesses to get approval from local government, and establish an outdoor location for consumers. It’s a simple step, but an important one, and I hope you will support it.

SB 307 could get stranded in committee. Please encourage the Marijuana Regulation committee to take a vote and pass the measure for further consideration.

Thank you.

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[Subj.] Please help find a solution, not perpetuate a problem

Prohibiting adults from consuming marijuana in a place set aside for public consumption creates problems. Bars, restaurants, and other social settings regularly offer alcohol to adults, and we don’t find it alarming. Few would find it surprising or troublesome that a substance that is safer than alcohol and lawful for adults could also be consumed in regulated locations.

If adults don’t have a place to go, it isn’t hard to imagine that they could end up consuming anyway — in places we would prefer they avoid. If law enforcement is left to chase down people consuming in public, then current policy defeats one of the main purposes of the law — freeing up resources.

I sincerely hope you support SB 307, and allow regulated cannabis lounges to serve responsible adult consumers. Right now, this bill is under consideration by the Marijuana Regulation committee, but they may not take a vote. Please encourage committee members to advance this important bill.

Thank you.

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What is SB 307?
SB 307 would provide for consumption and sale of cannabis items at (a) temporary events or (b) cannabis lounges, subject to regulation by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) and local government.

What problem does it solve?
Currently, adults and patients who purchase cannabis in Oregon have nowhere to consume it legally unless they own their own home. This has led some otherwise well-intentioned users to consume openly on sidewalks or in public parks, as a recent Portland Mercury article explained. SB 307 would establish a common-sense policy for social consumption. By allowing social consumption of cannabis by responsible adults within designated and licensed areas, SB 307 would reduce problems associated with public use.

Who cares about this issue?
SB 307 would improve quality of life for a number of groups who are dissatisfied with the current gaps in Oregon’s cannabis rules, including:

● Medical cannabis patients who have nowhere to legally consume their medicine.
● Families living in public housing, especially under federal programs (i.e. Section 8), who risk losing their homes if they possess or consume cannabis.
● Parents not wanting to subject their children to cannabis consumption at home.
● Renters who live in buildings that prohibit cannabis consumption on the premises.
● Marijuana retailers who wish to advise customers on how to safely consume.
● Alcohol retailers who face potential liability if cannabis is consumed on their premises.
● Neighborhood associations with member residents and businesses located near existing cannabis businesses where customers may currently consume in public.
● Schools and other community centers.
● Students living in campus housing.
● Tourists staying in hotels.

What about local policy?
Consistent with existing Oregon law, SB 307 preserves the rights of local governments to license and regulate commercial cannabis businesses within their jurisdiction. SB 307 is entirely “opt in.” It would not “force” any government to issue licenses allowing social cannabis consumption.

What can I do to help?
You can look up your local legislators HERE and contact them. Leave a message or send an email to let your representatives know that you support SB 307 and are encouraging them to vote YES. Together we can become one of the first locations in the country to offer safe and legal cannabis lounges and events!

SEND AN EMAIL TO YOUR REPRESENTATIVE USING THIS EMAIL TEMPLATE:

Dear Representative _____________,

As one of your constituents, as well as a strong supporter of legal and regulated cannabis in Oregon, I am writing to encourage you to vote YES on SB307 for cannabis social consumption and event permits.

Currently, adults and patients who purchase cannabis in Oregon have nowhere to consume it legally unless they own their own home. This has led some otherwise well-intentioned users to consume openly on sidewalks or in public parks, as a recent Portland Mercury article explained. SB 307 would establish a common-sense policy for social consumption. By allowing social consumption of cannabis by responsible adults within designated and licensed areas, SB 307 would reduce problems associated with public use.

As a (parent, patient, consumer, renter, retailer, business owner, etc.), this bill is very important to me because it would (give me a safe place to consume not around my children, give me a safe place to consume outside of my home, give me a safe place to recommend to my customers many of whom are tourists, etc.).

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you,

Sincerely,

 

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