Corvallis City Club, Sept. 10, 2012, 12 noon to 1:15. The Banquet Room in the Renaissance Building, 136 SW Washington St., Corvallis.
Oregon voters will weigh in this November on Measure 80, the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act. If passed, the proposal would create a cannabis commission to license people to cultivate and process marijuana and to sell it at stores managed by the commission. It would empower the commission to promote Oregon cannabis products to legal national and international markets. It does not set limits on the amount of cannabis an adult may grow or possess. It does ban marijuana sales to minors.
Two speakers knowledgeable about the production of cannabis, or hemp, will address the implications of the legislation at the Sept. 10 Corvallis City Club meeting.
Todd Dalotto is Chair of the Oregon Health Authority’s Advisory Committee on Medical Marijuana (ACMM). He’s been pioneering cannabis industries since 1994 when he founded the nation’s first hemp food business, Hungry Bear Hemp Foods. He has since authored the first hemp cookbook The Hemp Cookbook: From Seed to Shining Seed, and founded The Compassion Center, Oregon’s first medical, support and education center for cannabis patients.
He earned an Honors degree in Horticultural Research from Oregon State University and is currently President of CAN! Research, Education & Consulting in downtown Corvallis, which specializes in horticultural research of cannabis.
Todd approaches the topic of legalizing cannabis in Oregon from a scientific and public policy perspective. He’ll be discussing the effects cannabis prohibition has on scientific research, as well as debunking myth and rhetoric with science and common sense.
Sandee Burbank is the founder and Executive Director for Mothers Against Misuse and Abuse (www.mamas.org).
MAMA believes that we can reduce many of the harms that are associated with drug use and substance abuse by giving people the knowledge they need to make an informed decision. Their approach to these troubling issues comes from a belief in personal responsibility, informed decision making and respect for self and others.