Oregon Cannabis Business Council

The Oregon Cannabis Business Council (OCBC) is a member-driven trade association. We provide professional assistance to all industry and ancillary cannabis businesses and representation for in-state legislative and regulatory decision making.

A Message from Earl Blumenauer:

Friends and stakeholders,

We know many of you are interested in maintaining Rohrabacher-Blumenauer protections and the possibility of 280E reform. I’m working hard to ensure Rohrabacher-Blumenauer remains in effect to protect individuals in 46 states and thousands of state-legal businesses from federal intervention. I am also looking for every opportunity to address tax inequality for marijuana businesses.

Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment Status

The current spending bill expires on December 8, and the language remains in effect through then. Next week, Congress is expected to pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) to prevent a government shutdown. While it is unclear whether the extension will last weeks or months, I believe Rohrabacher-Blumenauer will likely be included in the “CR.”

As you recall, despite the bipartisan support for this provision, House leadership did not allow a vote on it or any other marijuana-related amendments. The Senate Appropriations Committee, however, did include Rohrabacher-Blumenauer in their bill, and we are working hard to make sure that these protections continue for another year. Last night, Congressman Rohrabacher and I submitted a bipartisan letter to House and Senate leadership with 64 other bipartisan signatories urging them to protect this provision in the final FY18 appropriations bill. You can find our letter below.

280E Reform

We have been working closely with Senators to try to get 280E reform included in any potential tax legislation. It is vitally important that we address this inequitable tax provision for cannabis businesses. Though we were unable to include this provision in the House tax bill, there is still a possible opportunity for 280E reform to advance.

Thank you for all your advocacy efforts and partnership.



November 28, 2017

The Honorable Paul Ryan


U.S. House of Representatives

1233 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

The Honorable Mitch McConnell

Majority Leader

U.S. Senate

317 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20510

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi

Democratic Leader

U.S. House of Representatives

233 Cannon House Office building

Washington, D.C. 20515

The Honorable Charles Schumer

Democratic Leader

U.S. Senate

322 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Speaker Ryan, Leader McConnell, Leader Pelosi, and Leader Schumer:

As you work with the Appropriations Committees to negotiate a fiscal year (FY) 2018 appropriations bill to fund the government beyond December 8, 2017, we write to express our support for the inclusion of a provision that provides protections from the federal government to states that have medical marijuana laws on the books.

The provision, which first became law in December 2014, has successfully protected patients, providers, and businesses against federal prosecution, so long as they act within the confines of their state’s medical marijuana laws. These protections extend to 46 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico, all of which allow some form of medical marijuana that is strictly prohibited by the federal government—from CBD oils to the full plant. The language is supported by a bipartisan majority of the House, last passing as a standalone provision by a vote of 242-186 in 2015.

Specifically, we urge you to include in any final negotiated package the language adopted by the Senate Appropriations Committee in July by voice vote during their markup of the FY ’18 CJS appropriations bill:

None of the funds made available under this Act to the Department of Justice may be used, with respect to any of the States of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming, or with respect to the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico, to prevent any such State or jurisdiction from implementing a law that authorizes the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.

We appreciate the difficult task before you. Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Craft cannabis: Oregon leaders explore the state’s opportunity, challenges

There are challenges to overcome, but Oregon is in a position to develop a powerful cannabis industry, with valuable craft brands that mirror the state’s success in coffee and beer, industry leaders believe.

Despite the state’s small consumer base, “Oregon has an amazing track record of building companies in the craft products category,” said Hifi Farms President and CEO Sara Batterby, a panelist Thursday at a Business Journal Power Breakfast that addressed the status and future of cannabis in Oregon.

Read the rest of the article in the Portland Business Journal

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