Portland’s Cannabis Policy Oversight Team Wants YOU

Do you enjoy bitching and moaning about the things Portland gets wrong with cannabis policy? Ooooooh, me too!

Grumbling about ganja and how the city deals with it is a fine way to pass some time, especially when done while burning down a fat one and holding forth with insights like, “The City, man, they just don’t get it, because it’s a plant, and all plants are good, except, I dunno, poison oak, but cannabis isn’t poison oak. Hey, I wonder if anyone has tried to cross poison oak with Durban Poison?” (They haven’t, now go away.)

The City of Portland wants a stoner to step up; they’re actively seeking a new member for their Cannabis Policy Oversight Team (CPOT—get it? Because “pot” its a term for cannabis. I shouldn’t have to explain that to you.)

So what does that means? Is the city is looking for someone to sit around in a circle while smoking bubble hash, placing henna tattoos on the hands of other members, as Peruvian folk music plays softly in the dimly light conference room?

No, why would you even consider that? What’s wrong with you?

First, who are the CPOT? I’ll let them explain.

“We are a group of Portlanders with diverse stakeholder perspectives, brought together by the Office of Community & Civic Life to explore cannabis-related public policies. Some of us are cannabis industry representatives and others possess an in-depth understanding of issues affecting and affected by the cannabis industry. Our objective is to discuss and develop policies that support equitable access and outcomes for the cannabis industry, cannabis consumers, and all City of Portland residents.”

If not applying super dope henna tattoos, what does CPOT do?

“We provide input to the Office of Community & Civic Life on these areas related to cannabis: Regulations, Government Spending, Outreach Activties, Economic Development.”

So if you aren’t crazy about how much of the cannabis tax revenue is being given to law enforcement agencies, you should apply.

They have one opening, and are seeking applicants with expertise in one or more of the following areas:

• Impact of cannabis prohibition on individuals, families, and communities (i.e. medical patients, Veterans, formerly incarcerated)
• Criminal justice reform
• Community health
• Work with youth or on issues specific to youth

You have until Monday, August 25 to submit your application.

Josh Taylor is a well-known and successful entrepreneur in the legal cannabis space, producing B2B and B2C cannabis events, "Backstage Budtending" and upscale concierge services through his companies OregonCannabisConcierge.com and CaliforniaCannabisConcierge.com. His weekly syndicated newspaper column and features about cannabis ran for five years until March 2020.

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