Senate Bill 307 would allow state-licensed lounges to permit cannabis consumption among adults 21 and older, provided the city or county has not banned cannabis establishments.
If approved, the bill would also allow “consumption and sale of marijuana items at temporary events,” according to the text from the bill.
Consumption and sale of alcohol beverages and tobacco products on the licensed premises would be prohibited, along with the use of video lottery games. Would-be club operators would need to apply for a state license and pay associated fees.
The measure has a number of noteworthy backers, especially in the Portland area. Portland Mayor Tex Wheeler and City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly have released a joint statement in support of SB 307.
“Since Oregon voters passed Ballot Measure 91 in 2014 legalizing and regulating cannabis, there have been questions about where cannabis can be consumed if consumers can’t (or don’t have the desire to) consume it at home,” the statement says. “Consuming cannabis in public, such as on a sidewalk or in a parking lot, is not legal.”
The statement also highlights the problems tourists face when visiting the Beaver State:
“Visitors to our state may also find themselves in a regulatory conundrum: while they may be able to legally purchase cannabis here in Oregon, they may not have a legal, regulated, and safe place to consume it. The same way as Oregon and our City celebrate our craft beer and wine industry, Portland welcomes and wants to provide opportunities for our emerging craft cannabis industry. SB 307 would provide the regulatory framework for tourists to enjoy the products from Oregon’s growing craft cannabis industry legally and safely, outside of the home and outside of public view.”