（2020年6月11日）-新闻稿- 波特兰社区与公民生活办公室（Civic Life）任命Dasheeda Dawson为新的大麻计划主管。 道森拥有十多年的业务发展，战略管理和品牌营销经验。 最近，她在全国范围内的多家大麻企业，市政当局和媒体机构担任行业教育家，高级行政主管和战略专家。
2016年，波特兰选民通过了3％的休闲大麻税。 从那以后，超过600万美元用于改善街道基础设施； DUII培训； 药物康复； 受大麻禁令影响最大的社区的小企业支持，经济机会和向企业主的技术援助； 清除记录； 和其他努力。
“The war on drugs, predominantly waged against Black and Brown men, has long been a tool of racial oppression,” Dawson said in her welcome statement to agency partners. “Marijuana possession and sale, whether perceived or real, has provided an excuse for over-policing, state violence, and law enforcement interactions that far too often end in death for people of color. In fact, cannabis prohibition has led to Black Americans being almost four times as likely to be arrested for possession relative to our white counterparts and remains one of the top reasons for deadly police interactions in our communities. Understanding the role marijuana prohibition has played in my own life has fueled my global cannabis strategy, education and advocacy work for the past four years. I look forward to actively collaborating with all partners and stakeholders to continue building and elevating both the cannabis community and the City of Portland.”
Under her leadership, Dawson affirms that the Cannabis Program will work to uphold the core tenets adopted by the Cannabis Policy Oversight Team (CPOT) and included in its 2019 Annual Cannabis Policy Report :
- The war on drugs has caused disproportionate harm to Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color. Cannabis should be used as a tool to direct capital resources into these same communities for the purpose of restitution and restoration.
- The Bureau is committed to adopting policies, regulations and programs that support equitable access to the cannabis industry, so that communities and individuals that have experienced the greatest harm from prohibition can share in the industry’s wealth.