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Governor Brown signed several bills into law in 2019. Senate Bill 420 facilitates new, streamlined procedures for those previously convicted of minor possession offenses to file to have their convictions set aside. Senate Bill 582 authorizes Oregon to enter into agreements with other states regarding the exportation of cannabis products across state lines. Senate Bill 970 prohibits landlords from taking discriminatory action against those who either use medical cannabis or possess cannabis-related convictions. In response to reports of falling retail cannabis prices, the Governor also signed legislation, Senate Bill 218, authorizing klators to limit the issuance of new commercial growers’ licenses when/if they see fit. (Link)(Link)(Link)(Link)
Governor Brown has long been an outspoken proponent of marijuana law reform and adult-use legalization, stating, “Voters in Oregon were clear when they chose for Oregon to legalize the sale of marijuana and the federal government should not stand in the way of the will of Oregonians.” (Link)
Gov. Kate Brown mounted a vigorous defense of the state's regulation of cannabis against federal interference. She said that reports of Sessions' policy "are deeply concerning and disruptive to our state's economy."
"States are the laboratories of democracy, where progressive policies are developed and implemented for the benefit of their people," she said in a statement. "Voters in Oregon were clear when they chose for Oregon to legalize the sale of marijuana and the federal government should not stand in the way of the will of Oregonians." (1/04/18)
In August 2017, Brown sent an open letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions defending marijuana legalization in Oregon. It was a response to previous criticisms form Sessions.
"Despite the concerns surrounding legalization of marijuana, there can be no denying that Oregon has benefitted from this industry. Oregon has already realized $60.2 million in revenue and created over 16,000 jobs for Oregonians. Tax revenue from the marijuana industry is used to fund schools, to provide mental health and drug treatment and to assist both state and local law enforcement. This does not even take into account cost savings to the criminal justice system."
The full letter can here found here: (8/22/17) https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3943774-8-22-17-Sessions.html
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