Friends and supporters,
First of all, thank you! We had a wonderful campaign launch on August 29th with Senator Lew Frederick at the fantastic Tillamook Station, and we could not have done it without you. A special thanks to Oregon NORML’s Madeline Martinez, who joined New Revenue Coalition founders Sam Chapman and Anthony Johnson in addressing the crowd about our shared efforts. We appreciate you taking the time to support our efforts to create cannabis consumption spaces with financial backing, word-of-mouth and social media, and by sharing your support with local leaders.
On the heels of this event, we have been working hard to continue our momentum. We have had several meetings with legislators, allies and stakeholders, and our coalition of support is growing. Some of our latest coalition members include Oregon Retailers of Cannabis Association, The Craft Cannabis Alliance, Oregon Sungrown Growers Guild, International Cannabis Business Conference, Flight Lounge, and The Cultivation Classic! These supporters are joining partners that include Oregon NORML, New Approach Oregon, Tokeativity, and others.
Our campaign was recently featured in the Willamette Week, and media coverage is increasing.
“When we legalized cannabis in 2014, we only really legalized it for people who can afford to own their own homes. It may be time to re-examine how this law was written,” said Representative Rob Nosse.
Here’s a snippet of the piece in the Willamette Week:
WW: What are the campaign’s major and minor objectives?
Anthony Johnson: The main objective is to bring more fairness and equality for adults that utilize cannabis, especially low-income patients. Too many people don’t have a safe place to legally consume cannabis out of public view due to their rental and housing agreements, which disproportionately impacts people of color and folks suffering through poverty. The bonus objectives are to create more jobs and revenue by allowing for consumption within cannabis businesses.
It will also benefit entrepreneurs and taxpayers by boosting our local economy. Oregonians that don’t consume cannabis, or don’t even want to be around it, will benefit not just from the overall economic benefits to the state, but also from fewer people smoking cannabis in public.
In the coming days and weeks, we will be reaching out to you for assistance to keep us moving forward so we can pass a cannabis consumption bill in the 2019 Legislative Session. If you have a skills or connections that may help boost this campaign – we want to hear from you. If you are interesting in hosting an event, helping us recruit volunteers, or assisting our fundraising efforts – we want to hear from you. If you know community and industry leaders that should be involved – we want to hear from you!
So, please share our website, encourage others to get involved, and contact your legislators (you can look them up here). Also, in order to be taken seriously by stakeholders and legislative leadership, we need to run a professional campaign with a focused lobby effort, and that takes financial support, if you are able, you can make a donation or even choose to be a sustaining supporter by committing to a monthly contribution.
We hope to see you at our next event at the Flight Lounge this Tuesday September 18th from 7-10pm for the Oregon Cannabis Industry Meetup featuring our Legislative Director, Sam Chapman.
We cannot do this without you – thank you for being along for the ride!
-The New Revenue Coalition