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Portland NORML Announces Town Hall Meeting Discussing Marijuana Legalization

portland norml oregon marijuanaPortland NORML is proud to welcome Anthony Johnson, the chief petitioner of Measure 91, Oregon’s initiative to legalize marijuana, as the keynote speaker at the chapter’s inaugural membership meeting.  The meeting is open to the press and the public and will feature a town-hall-style question-and-answer session with Mr. Johnson.

“The ballots for Measure 91 weren’t even cast before cities and counties began subverting the will of the people,” said Portland NORML Executive Director Russ Belville, “by passing local marijuana taxes clearly forbidden by Measure 91.  Portland NORML intends to fight for the implementation of Measure 91 as written and voted on by 71 percent of Portland voters.  Our monthly membership meetings will help educate and inform city leaders, state lawmakers, and the public on the truth about cannabis and the lessons learned from legalization in Colorado and Washington.”

In addition to Anthony Johnson, Portland NORML welcomes Shaun McAlister from Arlington, Texas, who is the Executive Director of Dallas / Ft. Worth NORML, one of the most successful NORML chapters in the country.  Mr. McAlister will offer his perspective on the importance of Oregon getting legalization done right to help influence less-progressive states as they seek marijuana law reforms.

WHO:  Open to General Public Aged 18 and Older

WHAT:  Portland NORML General Membership Meeting

WHERE:  SPIN Banquet Hall (shows up as Tony Starlight Showroom on Google Maps) – 1125 SE Madison St. – Portland, Oregon

WHEN:  Saturday, February 28, 2015 – High Noon to 2pm

WHY:  Town Hall Q&A with Measure 91 Chief Petitioner Anthony Johnson
Keynote Speech by DFW NORML’s Shaun McAlister
Presentation: “Legalization Lessons Learned” by Russ Belville

  • Just wrote it on my calendar. Looking forward to it.

  • Bongstar420

    I don’t approve of the framing of this issue, but ya, you should stop the local tax and ban option even though I could care less which way it actually goes.

    There is one thing though; this effects Portland/Medford producers more than it effects anyone else. Its a fight for their right to distribute to those localities at retail outlets within those locality boundaries (because they will lose sales if purchases are mildly inconvenient).