Oregon Cannabis Association Demands Portland Cannabis Tax Not Be Used on Law Enforcement
OCA says Portland disregarded the agreement on how cannabis tax dollars should be spent.
June 10, 2020
. Brian MacIver
State by State: Oregon
The Oregon Cannabis Association (OCA) is calling on Portland city officials to cease using funds derived from the city’s cannabis tax to bolster law enforcement budgets, instead letting the revenue flow toward social programs and services that help minority communities, as per an agreement the organization had reached with the city when the new tax was implemented.
In a June 8 letter to Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, the OCA, which represents more than 200 cannabis businesses in the Beaver State, says the city has not respected the agreement reached between officials and the OCA about how the 3% city cannabis tax is spent. The agreement spells out how the city agreed to allocate the funds. Areas identified include “Drug and alcohol education and treatment programs, … [public] safety, including police, fire, and transportation safety purposes that protect community members from unsafe drivers, … [and support] for innovative neighborhood small businesses, especially women-owned and minority-owned businesses.”