Senate Bill (SB) 307 – Help Pass the Social Consumption Bill

Senate Bill (SB) 307 – Help Pass the Social Consumption Bill

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,

By | 2017-04-12T16:54:57+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Cannabis Politics, Social Consumption|