Posted by on January 11, 2018 21:43
Categories: Politics

Oregon Congressman to Focus on U.S. Attorney General’s Attack on Legal States’ Cannabis Industries

PORTLAND, OR – January 11, 2018 – U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer will deliver a keynote address on the implications of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ repeal of the Cole Memo at the 2018 Cannabis Collaborative Conference (CCC), according to CCC producer Mary Lou Burton.

Congressman Blumenauer will provide a current update to open the conference on January 24, followed by a discussion with Oregon and Washington regulators on how the two states will continue to regulate cannabis given recent federal activity.

Also on hand will be Rick Garza, director of Washington’s Liquor and Cannabis Board, and Steve Marks, executive director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, who will explain how each state constructed its rules regulating cannabis, their efforts to comply with the Cole Memo, and what the state regulators will focus on in 2018 and beyond.

Last week, Blumenauer was quoted as saying, “This is outrageous. Going against the majority of Americans—including a majority of Republican voters—who want the federal government to stay out of the way is perhaps one of the stupidest decisions the Attorney General has made. One wonders if Trump was consulted—it is Jeff Sessions after all—because this would violate his campaign promise not to interfere with state marijuana laws.”

Congressman Blumenauer is a national leader on cannabis reform and a founder of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus. In a recent op-ed, he highlighted the economic benefits of legalization, creating over 19,000 jobs in Oregon alone.

The 2018 Cannabis Collaborative Conference, to be held January 24 and 25 at the Portland Metropolitan Exposition Center (Portland Expo Center), will offer two full days of educational sessions with more than 70 industry experts, an exhibit hall with more than 100 cannabis related businesses on display, and the half-day Cannabis Investor Forum with tracks for both investor and entrepreneur.

Registration is open now: $149 for one day and $249 for both days.

The Cannabis Collaborative Conference and the Cannabis Creative Conference are produced by Portland-based Bravo! Event, which, for nearly 30 years, has produced large-scale corporate, trade and social events throughout the Pacific Northwest.





Media contact (CCC):

John McIsaac

503-481-9621 (West Coast)

Twitter: @JohnMcIsaac

Media contact (Congressman Blumenauer):

Nicole L’Esperance

(503) 231-2300