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Oregon Justice League Files Legalization Justice Act of 2020

This may serve as a model for other states to implement a more just version of cannabis legalization.

Justice Act of 2020
Chief Petitioners Leia Flynn, Madeline Martinez, and Angela Bacca are longtime West Coast cannabis advocates.
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(SALEM, Ore.) - Chief Petitioners Madeline Martinez, Leia Flynn and Angela Bacca filed the Legalization Justice Act of 2020 at the Oregon State Capitol on Monday, March 18. All three women are longtime West Coast cannabis advocates.

Madeline Martinez is the executive director of Oregon NORML and the only Latina member of the board of directors of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). She generated international headlines when she opened the World Famous Cannabis Cafe in 2009, the nation’s first public-facing cannabis consumption lounge.

“This is about equal rights because whenever you pick a certain group and treat them differently that is discrimination.

"Patients, renters, the poor, people of color and women are still marginalized for their cannabis use, despite legalization,” said Martinez.

Leia Flynn is a legal assistant at a firm that works with cannabis businesses and the owner of Flight Lounge, a members-only private cafe allowed under the City of Portland’s social consumption guidelines.

A former medical cannabis caregiver and member of Oregon Green Free, she has put her voice out into the public in order to create safe spaces for cannabis consumers.

“We are in a situation where we have legalized it and anyone over the age of 21 can purchase it, but you cannot smoke it anywhere unless you own your home,” Flynn says.

“That is discrimination.”

Angela Bacca is a Portland-based writer and editor who has been covering the national cannabis industry for over 10 years. Having witnessed the early days of medical cannabis caregiving in California as a patient living with Crohn’s Disease, Bacca feels it is imperative to protect patients’ rights to botanical medicine.

“I would sum up our policy as 'do the right thing'. Let's create legal cannabis policy that acknowledges both science and reality,” Bacca says.

Summary of language:

The Oregon Justice League does not believe the State of Oregon has implemented Measure 91 in the spirit under which the law was passed. The OJL seeks to right these wrongs as well as provide a model for other states to implement a more just version of cannabis legalization.

Legalization was sold to Oregon citizens as a way to grow, develop and sustain our small business economies, end the discrimination of citizens based on their interactions with the cannabis plant and uphold, protect and ensure the right of medical cannabis patients to safe botanical access.

Therefore, the Legalization Justice Act of 2020 would make the following changes to Oregon law:

  1. Tax Revenues: Redistribute recreational cannabis taxes in a way that promotes the social justice goals of cannabis legalization. Once passed, the LJA would designate 25 percent of tax revenues to funding community development and micro-lending initiatives that promote small businesses in minority and underserved communities disproportionately affected by the failed War on Drugs.

    An additional 25 percent would be designated to subsidize medical cannabis purchases for low-income patients with qualifying conditions under the OMMP who have lost their access to direct caregiving from growers. The remaining 50 percent can continue to be used at the state’s discretion.

  2. Changes to Oregon Medical Marijuana Program: Recognizing that cannabis as a botanical substance is recommended, not prescribed, a patient’s right to choose botanical cannabis in their medical care in consultation with a doctor must not be impeded.

    Patients with incurable or chronic illnesses must be allowed by the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program to be issued a lifetime card if a qualifying physician recommends their cannabis use. Patients awaiting an organ donation cannot be removed from a transplant waiting list for using cannabis. The JA expands qualifying physicians under the OMMP to naturopaths, physician’s assistants and nurse practitioners.

    Producers of recreational or medical cannabis may enter into caregiving relationships with qualifying patients and provide medicine directly. The value of the product can be deducted from state cannabis excise taxes if the patient qualifies for low-income subsidization.

  3. Social Consumption Spaces: Legalize and regulate cannabis social consumption cafes in a fashion that removes the discriminatory provision under the Oregon Indoor Clean Air Act so that cannabis users can inhale inside.

    This section does the following

        (1) The Oregon Indoor Clean Air Act must be amended to allow smoking and vaporization of cannabis indoors.
        (2) Directs the OLCC to regulate and oversee the licensing and regulation of cannabis lounges.
        (3) Allows existing cannabis dispensaries to add a social consumption space.
        (4) Allows for OLCC licensed farms to host tours and tastings, as regulated by the OLCC.
        (5) Directs the OLCC to license and regulate cannabis social consumption spaces at public events. Allows delivery of cannabis to temporary residents and residents of municipalities that have banned cannabis dispensing storefronts.
  4. Employment Protection: Create employment protections under the law to protect off-the-job cannabis use and prevent conceptually flawed drug testing from being used to discriminate against cannabis consumers.
  5. Protect Oregon’s Craft Cannabis Community: Direct the state to directly advocate to the federal government for its craft cannabis community, specifically export of product out of Oregon’s borders.

For interview requests please contact Angela Bacca, angelabacca@gmail.com, (415) 515-7483.

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Dan Koozer March 21, 2019 7:14 pm (Pacific time)

Looking forward to this. Badly needed. Funding? Is Anthony Johnson part of this? I'm anxiously waiting . . . . . . .


HILLBILLY March 19, 2019 12:40 am (Pacific time)

If it is a club not a business , do the business laws apply ? Smoking clubs that upon entering you are a member , upon exiting membership expires . Would this work ? Had one set up and ran for more than two years in 2002 , in Salem . When the state of Oregon found out they started figuring out a way to take over , lobbying for state control of medical laws into recreational laws , lied to the voters about legalization of (marijuana). Really they wanted , and have , regulated it from seed to consumption . Then made it look legal to the average consumer. Now a (trained) LEO will be empowered to determine by (observation) if you are impaired or not . 2 hours after smoking (if subject admits to consuming ) can be charged with a DUII , without a blood test , Wich Oregon laws says must be blood test to convict on a DUII arrest . LAW MAKERS ARE NOT FOLLOWING LAWS THAT ARE CLEAR ABOUT THIS PROCEDURE , are beeing amended w/o due process .

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