Cannabis Cafes Could be Coming to Oregon Soon


Legal cannabis in Oregon has brought thousands of jobs to the state and has generated millions of dollars in revenue, exceeding government expectations. In fact, the Beaver State brings in $20 million every quarter in cannabis taxes, doubling the $40 million that state financial analysts thought would be the maximum generated in a year.

On top of the added economic benefits, cannabis arrests and citations have plummetted and people with old marijuana convictions are getting them expunged. However, there are still a few glaring omissions in the state’s cannabis laws, one being a lack of cannabis cafes or other consumption spaces to legally consume cannabis. A group of advocates (I’m proud to be one of them) have joined the New Revenue Coalition to lobby the legislature to legalize cannabis consumption spaces, and place a measure on the 2020 ballot, if necessary, as Fox 12 KPTV reported:

“We’ve been fighting for the same rights that brewers and wineries have had for a long time,” Sam Chapman, co-founder of the New Revenue Coalition, said.

Chapman said there are several models for how this could work, including legalizing consumption at farm tours, creating new stand-alone cafes, or even separate spaces at licensed retailers.

He said it would open up tourism dollars, expand business opportunities and give consumers more equity-particularly when it comes to people who rent.


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Cannabis Cafes Could be Coming to Oregon Soon

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