Oregon’s cannabis legalization program has witnessed the price of cannabis plummet while the state rakes in more tax money than it ever imagined. Now Oregon may be going where no state has ever gone before with two initiatives which qualified for the November ballot that will decriminalize just about every drug under the sun plus allow the therapeutic use of psilocybin.
One might think the feds are just practicing what they are doing in Portland right now for what they might do throughout Oregon if these two ballot initiatives pass – which is a very real possibility in this very progressive state.
To find out what is happening in this bellwether state, our first guest is legendary cannabis activist Paul Stanford.
Paul will take a knowledgeable and jaundiced look at how well Oregon’s legalization program, passed in 2014, has met the goals its proponents put forth. The program, which went through some very rough spots in its first few years, appears to be operating fairly well resulting in tax revenues to the state and local governments exceeding original expectations. The wholesale price of cannabis had dropped to as low as $500 a pound a couple years ago, but has gone back up somewhat. Paul will discuss how this came about and whether the reduction in the cost of cannabis is a result of the program or just a coincidence.
Of great interest is the two ballot initiatives that will appear on Oregon’s November ballot.
IP 44, known as the Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act, would remove criminal penalties for illicit drug possession and expand substance misuse treatment in the state. The Oregon Criminal Justice Commission concluded it would reduce convictions for drug possession by about 91 percent statewide and also reduce racial disparities in arrests for illicit substances.
Although IP44 would decriminalize psilocybin, IP34 takes it a significant step further by creating a program for administering psilocybin services under the Oregon Health Authority. The program would permit licensed service providers to administer a psilocybin product to individuals 21 years of age or older.
This Saturday, Aug. 1 at 1 p.m. call 701-802-5390 and enter access code 2545046# to hear from Paul Stanford about Oregon’s successful legalization program, how the state is on the threshold of decriminalizing drugs, gain a few insider tips on growing quality cannabis and why Willie Nelson really likes Paul’s award-winning cannabis. There will be plenty of time for questions, so don't miss a presentation that is sure to be eclectically edifying and educational.
Riverside Sheriff’s Anza Monday Marijuana Madness Escalates
In a two-day reefer madness operation beginning on July 20, Riverside County Sheriff officers seized more than 84,000 marijuana plants found on over 1,000 acres of public and private lands in unincorporated areas of the Anza Valley.
Never mind that no one is getting hurt from the marijuana grows, these egregious actions come from a Sheriff who told Riverside County Board of Supervisors that he won’t enforce regulations on mask wearing which affects the health and safety of the County that is experiencing the 2nd highest rate of COVID19 infections in the state.
At the Sat. Aug. 1 teleconference at 1 p.m., Edison Gomez-Kraus, a founding member of the Anza Valley’s High Country Grower’s Association will provide an up-to-the-minute report on what is going on in Anza, how it is effecting the community and the responses that local growers are taking to protect themselves from this mask-avoiding tyrannical menace.
The MAPP Teleconference is FREE. On Saturday, August 1 at 1 p.m., Call 701-802–5390 and Enter access code 2545046#. There will be plenty of time for questions, so mark your calendar now. It's not a ZOOM conference, just you and your phone - no cams so you truly can come as you are.
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