You won't read about this in our increasingly useless Statesman Journal newspaper, but the OLCC (Oregon Liquor Control Commission) is holding a Listening Tour meeting today in West Salem where people can express their views about how the recent legalization of recreational marijuana should be handled.
From the OLCC web site:
Monday, February 2
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Chemeketa Eola Hills, Viticulture Center
215 Doaks Ferry Road NW
Salem, OR 97304
This morning I emailed the OLCC to confirm that the meeting was happening. An OLCC staffer just confirmed that it is.
I have no idea why the Statesman Journal failed to cover this. Maybe because the paper editorialized against the passage of Measure 91?
I'm planning to attend the meeting, in part because I'm irked about how the Governor and some state legislators are trying to undermine Measure 91 before it even has been implemented. These are some main points I want to make during my speaking time:
(1) Leave Measure 91 alone. It was approved by 56% of voters last November. Implement the initiative as it was written, crafting regulations in accord with the intent of the Oregonians who voted "yes."
(2) Those who opposed marijuana legalization, like Governor Kitzhaber, shouldn't be able to weaken Measure 91 now. You lost. The voters spoke. Deal with it.
(3) The current medical marijuana sales and production system should be kept separate from the soon-to-be recreational marijuana system. One reason is that a new President, or new U.S. Attorney General, could crack down on recreational use under the current misguided federal anti-pot laws, while this would be more difficult to do with medical marijuana.