Oregon Guide

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Upcoming Election
Oregon General Election: Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Race for President
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Howie Hawkins (I) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE
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Kamala Harris (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
A-
Jo Jorgensen (I) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
B-
Joe Biden (D) DECRIMINALIZE

Joe Biden has a history of supporting anti-drug, tough on crime policies as well as those that imposed punitive penalties for drug offenses and facilitated discrimnation against drug users.

His current criminal justice reform plan includes provisions that would decriminalize the use of cannabis and automatically expunge all prior cannabis use convictions. Read more at https://joebiden.com/justice/ 

D+
Donald Trump (R)

Following the passage of Congressional amendments limiting the Justice Department from taking prosecutorial actions against those in legal marijuana states, President Trump has consistently issued signing statements indicating that he believes that he has the power to disregard these amendments because he believes that they are unconstitutional. (Source)

Race for U.S. Senate
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Jeff Merkley (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Senator Merkley works tirelessly for sensible marijuana laws. He introduced the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, and has consistently been a loud voice in favor of progressive reform legislation. Senator Merkley has been a longtime friend and champion for the marijuana legalization movement. 

B+
Ibrahim Taher (I) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
B
Gary Dye (I) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
1. Will you support legislation that would increase safe, affordable access to patients? Yes 2. Will you support legislation to license and regulate cannabis consumption lounges? Yes 3. Will you support legislation to end discriminatory practices against cannabis consumers in the workplace and housing market? Yes 4. Will you support legislation to regulate cannabis producers and processors like breweries and wineries so they may give tours of their facility, provide samples and sell directly to consumers so long as they charge and collect taxes? (keep in mind the law requires all areas of the premises to be on camera) No. I do not support the charging of taxes. 5. Will you support Oregon NORML's efforts to push for federal decriminalization and descheduling of the cannabis plant? Yes. "Please realize that, while I was working in Saudi Arabia as a chemical engineer in 1996, I was charged with growing marijuana in my Portland house, and had to plead guilty to a Class A felony. This felony was finally expunged last year." Gary Dye
Race for U.S. House District 1
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Suzanne Bonamici (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Suzanne Bonamici understands that the war on marijuana has done infinitely more harm than good and advocates for reform on a federal level. 

Race for U.S. House District 3
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Earl Blumenauer (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Representative Blumenauer has been a lead advocate for marijuana legalization in Congress and a founding Co-Chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus. 

Arguably there is no stronger proponent of cannabis reform than Congressman Blumenauer. 

B
Alex DiBlasi (I) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
Race for U.S. House District 4
A
Peter DeFazio (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Congressman Peter DeFazio is a supporter of marijuana reform at the federal level. 

Race for U.S. House District 5
B-
Kurt Schrader (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
Race for State Senate District 10
A
Taylor Rickey (I) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
Race for State Senate District 12
C+
Brian Boquist (R) DECRIMINALIZE

Sen. Boquist initially voted and even co-sponsored marijuana bill for PTSD, but now has come out to say that there is too much marijuana in the market

Race for State Senate District 23
A
Michael Dembrow (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
1. Will you support legislation that would increase safe, affordable access to patients? Yes. 2. Will you support legislation to license and regulate cannabis consumption lounges? Yes. 3. Will you support legislation to end discriminatory practices against cannabis consumers in the workplace and housing market? Yes. 4. Will you support legislation to regulate cannabis producers and processors like breweries and wineries so they may give tours of their facility, provide samples and sell directly to consumers so long as they charge and collect taxes? (keep in mind the law requires all areas of the premises to be on camera) Yes. 5. Will you support Oregon NORML's efforts to push for federal decriminalization and descheduling of the cannabis plant? Yes.
Race for State Senate District 25
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Chris Gorsek (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
1. Will you support legislation that would increase safe, affordable access to patients? I have family members that need cannabis for pain management and the medical program is a very important way for them to afford their pain management regimen. I would enthusiastically support efforts to protect this important program. 2. Will you support legislation to license and regulate cannabis consumption lounges? I think we need to ensure that cannabis is treated in the law at least the same as alcohol. While I have some reservations around smoking indoors I think we have to be fair considering that we know that cannabis isn't nearly as harmful as the hookah lounges that still proliferate. 3. Will you support legislation to end discriminatory practices against cannabis consumers in the workplace and housing market? I'm actually working on legislation related to the treatment of cannabis testing in the workplace. I worry about people unable to use cannabis therapeutically in housing as well and look forward to protect tenants further in the upcoming session. 4. Will you support legislation to regulate cannabis producers and processors like breweries and wineries so they may give tours of their facility, provide samples and sell directly to consumers so long as they charge and collect taxes? (keep in mind the law requires all areas of the premises to be on camera) The legislation that provided for distilleries to sell and provide samples was transformational for those businesses and as I responded to in an earlier question, parity between the treatment of alcohol and cannabis is important to me. 5. Will you support Oregon NORML's efforts to push for federal decriminalization and descheduling of the cannabis plant? Absolutely.
Race for State House District 1
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Calla Felicity (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
Race for State House District 10
B+
David Gomberg (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
1. Will you support legislation that would increase safe, affordable access to patients? Yes 2. Will you support legislation to license and regulate cannabis consumption lounges? Yes 3. Will you support legislation to end discriminatory practices against cannabis consumers in the workplace and housing market? Unsure. 4. Will you support legislation to regulate cannabis producers and processors like breweries and wineries so they may give tours of their facility, provide samples and sell directly to consumers so long as they charge and collect taxes? (keep in mind the law requires all areas of the premises to be on camera) Yes. 5. Will you support Oregon NORML's efforts to push for federal decriminalization and descheduling of the cannabis plant? Yes.
Race for State House District 11
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Marty Wilde (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
1. Will you support legislation that would increase safe, affordable access to patients? Yes. 2. Will you support legislation to license and regulate cannabis consumption lounges? Yes, with the caveat that they must protect employee health. 3. Will you support legislation to end discriminatory practices against cannabis consumers in the workplace and housing market? Yes 4. Will you support legislation to regulate cannabis producers and processors like breweries and wineries so they may give tours of their facility, provide samples and sell directly to consumers so long as they charge and collect taxes? (keep in mind the law requires all areas of the premises to be on camera) Yes. 5. Will you support Oregon NORML's efforts to push for federal decriminalization and descheduling of the cannabis plant? Yes. I would also like to push the federal government to allow exports to countries where cannabis is legal. We have overproduced in the Oregon market. With Canada legalizing cannabis, there's a legitimate export opportunity that would significantly help cannabis businesses in Oregon. I expect that it's a long shot with this administration, but laying the groundwork now will help when there's a change of administration.
Race for State House District 31
B
Brad Witt (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE
1. Will you support legislation that would increase safe, affordable access to patients? Yes 2. Will you support legislation to license and regulate cannabis consumption lounges? Yes. 3. Will you support legislation to end discriminatory practices against cannabis consumers in the workplace and housing market? Yes. 4. Will you support legislation to regulate cannabis producers and processors like breweries and wineries so they may give tours of their facility, provide samples and sell directly to consumers so long as they charge and collect taxes? (keep in mind the law requires all areas of the premises to be on camera) Yes. 5. Will you support Oregon NORML's efforts to push for federal decriminalization and descheduling of the cannabis plant? I am a state legislator. You need to pose this question to members of Oregon's Congressional delegation.
Race for State House District 34
A
Ken Helm (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
1. Will you support legislation that would increase safe, affordable access to patients? Yes. 2. Will you support legislation to license and regulate cannabis consumption lounges? Yes. 3. Will you support legislation to end discriminatory practices against cannabis consumers in the workplace and housing market? Yes. 4. Will you support legislation to regulate cannabis producers and processors like breweries and wineries so they may give tours of their facility, provide samples and sell directly to consumers so long as they charge and collect taxes? (keep in mind the law requires all areas of the premises to be on camera) Yes. 5. Will you support Oregon NORML's efforts to push for federal decriminalization and descheduling of the cannabis plant? Yes.
Race for State House District 42
Race for State House District 46
Your Elected Officials
Governor
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Kate Brown (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE
U.S. Senate
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Jeff Merkley (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Senator Merkley works tirelessly for sensible marijuana laws. He introduced the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, and has consistently been a loud voice in favor of progressive reform legislation. Senator Merkley has been a longtime friend and champion for the marijuana legalization movement. 

U.S. Senate
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Ron Wyden (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Senator Wyden is a longtime proponent for the legalization of marijuana and is outspoken in his opinion. He frequently cites his admiration of Canada's policy regarding marijuana and believes the United States should follow their lead. 

U.S. House District 1
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Suzanne Bonamici (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Suzanne Bonamici understands that the war on marijuana has done infinitely more harm than good and advocates for reform on a federal level. 

U.S. House District 2
B-
Greg Walden (R) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

1/15/2020: Walden Remarks on Hearing on Cannabais Policies

Walden may not be the most out-right supporter of legalizing marijuana, but he is a proponent for opening up access to research. Walden holds a healthy level of skepticism towards many claims regarding marijuana, and instead of using the present lack of knowledge as a tool for upholding prohibition, he is advocating for more research to be done before heavier judgments are to be made. In order to do accomplish this, he advocates for easier access and diminished criminal restrictions surrounding the substance.  

U.S. House District 3
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Earl Blumenauer (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Representative Blumenauer has been a lead advocate for marijuana legalization in Congress and a founding Co-Chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus. 

Arguably there is no stronger proponent of cannabis reform than Congressman Blumenauer. 

U.S. House District 4
A
Peter DeFazio (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Congressman Peter DeFazio is a supporter of marijuana reform at the federal level. 

U.S. House District 5
B-
Kurt Schrader (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
State Senate District 3
A
Jeff Golden (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
1. Will you support legislation that would increase safe, affordable access to patients? 2. Will you support legislation to license and regulate cannabis consumption lounges? 3. Will you support legislation to end discriminatory practices against cannabis consumers in the workplace and housing market? 4. Will you support legislation to regulate cannabis producers and processors like breweries and wineries so they may give tours of their facility, provide samples and sell directly to consumers so long as they charge and collect taxes? (keep in mind the law requires all areas of the premises to be on camera) 5. Will you support Oregon NORML's efforts to push for federal decriminalization and descheduling of the cannabis plant? "I’m comfortable giving YES answers to all of these questions, undertanding that in almoat every issue area, critical decisions get made in the details of legislation that can affect the final vote. At this point I can’t imagine what details could make me oppose any of these general positions. And #5 is critical! We have to get federal criminalization repealed to bring sanity to this whole picture." Jeffery Golden
State Senate District 4
A
Floyd Prozanski (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
1. Will you support legislation that would increase safe, affordable access to patients? Yes. 2. Will you support legislation to license and regulate cannabis consumption lounges? Yes. 3. Will you support legislation to end discriminatory practices against cannabis consumers in the workplace and housing market? Yes. 4. Will you support legislation to regulate cannabis producers and processors like breweries and wineries so they may give tours of their facility, provide samples and sell directly to consumers so long as they charge and collect taxes? (keep in mind the law requires all areas of the premises to be on camera) Yes. 5. Will you support Oregon NORML's efforts to push for federal decriminalization and descheduling of the cannabis plant? Yes.
State Senate District 12
C+
Brian Boquist (R) DECRIMINALIZE

Sen. Boquist initially voted and even co-sponsored marijuana bill for PTSD, but now has come out to say that there is too much marijuana in the market

State Senate District 15
B
Chuck Riley (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE
1. Will you support legislation that would increase safe, affordable access to patients? Yes 2. Will you support legislation to license and regulate cannabis consumption lounges? Undecided - I have a problem with smoking of any kind in places where employees would be subjected to the smoke. 3. Will you support legislation to end discriminatory practices against cannabis consumers in the workplace and housing market? Yes depending on the language in the bill. I am concerned with workplace safety issues. > 4. Will you support legislation to regulate cannabis producers and processors like breweries and wineries so they may give tours of their facility, provide samples and sell directly to consumers so long as they charge and collect taxes? (keep in mind the law requires all areas of the premises to be on camera) Undecided - again I have an issue with smoking of any kind in places where employees would be subjected to the smoke. 5. Will you support Oregon NORML's efforts to push for federal decriminalization and descheduling of the cannabis plant? Yes.
State Senate District 23
A
Michael Dembrow (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
1. Will you support legislation that would increase safe, affordable access to patients? Yes. 2. Will you support legislation to license and regulate cannabis consumption lounges? Yes. 3. Will you support legislation to end discriminatory practices against cannabis consumers in the workplace and housing market? Yes. 4. Will you support legislation to regulate cannabis producers and processors like breweries and wineries so they may give tours of their facility, provide samples and sell directly to consumers so long as they charge and collect taxes? (keep in mind the law requires all areas of the premises to be on camera) Yes. 5. Will you support Oregon NORML's efforts to push for federal decriminalization and descheduling of the cannabis plant? Yes.
State Senate District 24
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Shemia Fagan (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
1. Will you support legislation that would increase safe, affordable access to patients? Yes. We must not only ensure that patients are getting the best possible medicine, but that purveyors are able to serve patients effectively through common sense policies. 2. Will you support legislation to license and regulate cannabis consumption lounges? Yes. The recreational use of cannabis is legal in Oregon. We must ensure that businesses have the opportunity to provide safe spaces to do so, not unlike a bar or hookah lounge. 3. Will you support legislation to end discriminatory practices against cannabis consumers in the workplace and housing market? Yes. The recreational use of cannabis is legal in Oregon. It is counterproductive and undemocratic to discriminate against people partaking in a legal substance. 4. Will you support legislation to regulate cannabis producers and processors like breweries and wineries so they may give tours of their facility, provide samples and sell directly to consumers so long as they charge and collect taxes? (keep in mind the law requires all areas of the premises to be on camera) Yes. I also think that this will attract visitors to our state and help the economy. 5. Will you support Oregon NORML's efforts to push for federal decriminalization and descheduling of the cannabis plant? Yes. We should also retroactively expunge convictions against cannabis users from before it was legalized.
State House District 10
B+
David Gomberg (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
1. Will you support legislation that would increase safe, affordable access to patients? Yes 2. Will you support legislation to license and regulate cannabis consumption lounges? Yes 3. Will you support legislation to end discriminatory practices against cannabis consumers in the workplace and housing market? Unsure. 4. Will you support legislation to regulate cannabis producers and processors like breweries and wineries so they may give tours of their facility, provide samples and sell directly to consumers so long as they charge and collect taxes? (keep in mind the law requires all areas of the premises to be on camera) Yes. 5. Will you support Oregon NORML's efforts to push for federal decriminalization and descheduling of the cannabis plant? Yes.
State House District 11
A
Marty Wilde (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
1. Will you support legislation that would increase safe, affordable access to patients? Yes. 2. Will you support legislation to license and regulate cannabis consumption lounges? Yes, with the caveat that they must protect employee health. 3. Will you support legislation to end discriminatory practices against cannabis consumers in the workplace and housing market? Yes 4. Will you support legislation to regulate cannabis producers and processors like breweries and wineries so they may give tours of their facility, provide samples and sell directly to consumers so long as they charge and collect taxes? (keep in mind the law requires all areas of the premises to be on camera) Yes. 5. Will you support Oregon NORML's efforts to push for federal decriminalization and descheduling of the cannabis plant? Yes. I would also like to push the federal government to allow exports to countries where cannabis is legal. We have overproduced in the Oregon market. With Canada legalizing cannabis, there's a legitimate export opportunity that would significantly help cannabis businesses in Oregon. I expect that it's a long shot with this administration, but laying the groundwork now will help when there's a change of administration.
State House District 24
D
Ron Noble (R)
State House District 31
B
Brad Witt (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE
1. Will you support legislation that would increase safe, affordable access to patients? Yes 2. Will you support legislation to license and regulate cannabis consumption lounges? Yes. 3. Will you support legislation to end discriminatory practices against cannabis consumers in the workplace and housing market? Yes. 4. Will you support legislation to regulate cannabis producers and processors like breweries and wineries so they may give tours of their facility, provide samples and sell directly to consumers so long as they charge and collect taxes? (keep in mind the law requires all areas of the premises to be on camera) Yes. 5. Will you support Oregon NORML's efforts to push for federal decriminalization and descheduling of the cannabis plant? I am a state legislator. You need to pose this question to members of Oregon's Congressional delegation.
State House District 34
A
Ken Helm (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
1. Will you support legislation that would increase safe, affordable access to patients? Yes. 2. Will you support legislation to license and regulate cannabis consumption lounges? Yes. 3. Will you support legislation to end discriminatory practices against cannabis consumers in the workplace and housing market? Yes. 4. Will you support legislation to regulate cannabis producers and processors like breweries and wineries so they may give tours of their facility, provide samples and sell directly to consumers so long as they charge and collect taxes? (keep in mind the law requires all areas of the premises to be on camera) Yes. 5. Will you support Oregon NORML's efforts to push for federal decriminalization and descheduling of the cannabis plant? Yes.
State House District 49
A
Chris Gorsek (D) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE
1. Will you support legislation that would increase safe, affordable access to patients? I have family members that need cannabis for pain management and the medical program is a very important way for them to afford their pain management regimen. I would enthusiastically support efforts to protect this important program. 2. Will you support legislation to license and regulate cannabis consumption lounges? I think we need to ensure that cannabis is treated in the law at least the same as alcohol. While I have some reservations around smoking indoors I think we have to be fair considering that we know that cannabis isn't nearly as harmful as the hookah lounges that still proliferate. 3. Will you support legislation to end discriminatory practices against cannabis consumers in the workplace and housing market? I'm actually working on legislation related to the treatment of cannabis testing in the workplace. I worry about people unable to use cannabis therapeutically in housing as well and look forward to protect tenants further in the upcoming session. 4. Will you support legislation to regulate cannabis producers and processors like breweries and wineries so they may give tours of their facility, provide samples and sell directly to consumers so long as they charge and collect taxes? (keep in mind the law requires all areas of the premises to be on camera) The legislation that provided for distilleries to sell and provide samples was transformational for those businesses and as I responded to in an earlier question, parity between the treatment of alcohol and cannabis is important to me. 5. Will you support Oregon NORML's efforts to push for federal decriminalization and descheduling of the cannabis plant? Absolutely.
State House District 56