Telling Oregon's story on Capitol Hill

It was so powerful to be on Capitol Hill and around DC last week, sharing real Oregon craft stories like that of Rhea and Matthew Miller of Millerville Farms in Takilma. Matthew's family has been in the Illinois Valley for 60 years, and he is a second generation grower. His dad, in fact, served time for production, and today Matthew is responsible for introducing some of the region's most important genetics. The Millers, who made the decision to move from Medical to Rec after Measure 91, are struggling like everyone else and need access to markets where their products can sell for a fair price.

Or Jodi, Cody, and Jason of Alter Farms in Grants Pass, repeat award winners for multiple strains, and regarded as some of the finest growers in Southern Oregon, who started nearly 20 years ago under Medical.  In addition to growing incredible cannabis, Jodi is a prominent community member who opened Ma Mosa's the first-ever farm-to-table restaurant in the area, and a place that you should absolutely check out next time you are in Grants Pass. They too are fighting for survival in a market that is simply too small to accommodate all of the world class cannabis that Oregon produces.

We had terrific meetings with high-level staffers in multiple congressional offices including Oregon Senators Wyden and Merkley, where we made a strong case for interstate transfers on behalf of Oregon's locally owned Craft Cannabis companies.  We also met with leaders of national drug policy reform organizations, industry organizations and longtime advocates like Kris Lotlikar, the founding director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy and the creator of the Marijuana Today podcast.

Keep in mind that we will need some form of permission or tolerance from the federal government to actually move legal products between states.  One way we can get that is via a Department of Justice memo (think Cole Memo) or Policy Directive making such transfers a low enforcement priority.  Another way would be to have licensed interstate transfers specifically protected in whatever statute is adopted that protects the state industries, such as the STATES Act. This is why it is so important that we build relationships in DC, letting folks know what we're doing and why, and starting the process of building support for these efforts.