As legalization spreads, advocates and activists have celebrated every step towards full, federal legalization. Despite the encouraging regulatory momentum, there are still plenty of gaps in legislation that actually make it illegal to consume cannabis — even though it’s legal to purchase, cultivate, and possess it. In Oregon, a new political action committee (PAC) called the (NRC) is looking to take this problem — which they call an issue of social justice — head-on and make major changes throughout the state.
Angela Bacca, a campaign organizer, political strategist, and board member of Oregon NORML, has been working closely with Madeline Martinez, Sam Chapman, and Anthony Johnson to lead an initiative that urges lawmakers to legalize public consumption lounges for cannabis users.
The Future and History of Public Consumption
The bill would not only allow stand-alone cannabis cafes, it would also permit licensed retailers to add tasting and consumption lounges at their location. Additionally, the new law will allow temporary event licenses for regulated cannabis consumption at public events, and make space for unique businesses such as cannabis spas and bud and breakfasts. It also creates an opportunity for farm tourism by letting cannabis farms offer sales and areas for legal consumption