Salem, OR – A fundraiser in support of the passage of Measures 24-404 and 24-405 will take place Saturday, October 22, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Gilgamesh Brewing in Salem, according to Oregon Cannabis Business Council president Donald Morse.
“Given its agricultural economy, Marion County will be profoundly affected by cannabis legalization in a very positive way, both in terms of jobs and tax revenue,” Morse said. “Salem is already experiencing benefits we hope to extend to the entire county.”
Guest speakers include Representative Ken Helm, District 34; Leland Berger, cannabis attorney; Jenny Dresler, director of state policy for Oregon Farm Bureau; and Brent DeHart, past president, Salem Area Chamber of Commerce.
Tickets for the “Lift the Ban” event are $35, a table of eight is $240. All tickets can be purchased at http://LiftTheBan.EventBrite.com. Appetizers, award-winning beer, wine and cocktails will be served. Gilgamesh Brewing is at 2065 Madrona Ave. S.E.
Passage of Measures 24-404 and 24-405 will protect the legal operation of medical and enable legal recreational cannabis businesses, respectively—including producers, processors, wholesalers and retailers—in Marion County, including Salem and unincorporated areas.
As of July 31, 2016, the Oregon Department of Revenue processed $25.5 million in marijuana tax payments. The revenue is distributed as follows: 40% to schools, 20% to cities and counties (allowing recreational marijuana), 20% to mental health, drug and alcohol treatment services, 15% to the Oregon State Police, and 5% to the Oregon Health Authority. Marion County’s cannabis business ban excludes it from sharing benefits from this growing revenue.
The campaign in favor of the two measures has been organized and paid for by the Vote Yes on 24-404 & 24-405 Political Action Committee.
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