Marijuana Moment reports
A new political action committee, comprised of “cannabis industry businesses and allies,” called the New Revenue Coalition believes that 2019 will be the year to provide those accommodations in Oregon.
Portland-area state Sen. Lew Frederick (D) plans to introduce a bill that would allow for stand-alone cannabis “consumption cafes” as well as “tasting rooms” at dispensaries and cultivation sites.
According to a bill summary provided to Marijuana Moment, the bill would also:
*Legalize tours “similar to those conducted by the state’s microbrewery and winery industry”
*Allow delivery services to bring cannabis to hotels and into cities and counties that prohibit regulated cannabis businesses
*Allow for cannabis consumption spaces at public events
No legislative language exists yet, and the earliest Frederick could introduce a bill is for the 2019 session beginning in January.
Consumption spaces have so far been missing from the state’s legalization puzzle, a compromise made to help soothe fears around introducing recreational marijuana.
Now that the cannabis industry has proved that it is a responsible and profitable pursuit—and one that’s creating a dedicated revenue stream for state tax coffers—advocates like Chapman say it’s time to correct that.