Oregon has traditionally been a socially conscious state, as well as one of the first states to allow legal cannabis. Now, House Bill 3112, or the Oregon Cannabis Equity Act, has been introduced into the legislature. This bill would make a point of ensuring that racial equity is considered when moving forward in the already-legal industry.
The new bill was initially introduced by Akasha Lawrence Spencer and included numerous cannabis companies, the NuLeaf Project, the Oregon Cannabis Association, the Oregon Retailers of Cannabis Association, the City of Portland, Urban League, and student advocates from the legal program at Willamette University.
“We came together with a common purpose—to undo and repair some of the harm caused by cannabis criminalization on Black, Indigenous, and Latinx communities in Oregon,” said Spencer according to a press release. “This legislation uses cannabis tax revenue to invest in Oregonians who have been unjustly targeted for decades by law enforcement, in an effort to repair some of the generational harm done to their communities.”
NuLeaf Project, one of the main groups involved with the new push, gets funding from the City of Portland via donations