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Oregon Plans Hearing for Cannabis Lounge Legalization Bill

Oregon lawmakers will discuss the possibility of legalizing cannabis lounges during a committee hearing scheduled for Thursday.

Full story after the jump.

The Oregon state Senate has scheduled a hearing for this week to discuss and hear testimony on pending Senate Bill 639 that would legalize social consumption lounges and allow cannabis farm tours for the general public, according to a KVAL Eugene report.

SB 639 was introduced by state Sens. Floyd Prozanski, Lew Frederick, and Elizabeth Steiner. The bill would legalize and regulate cannabis use at temporary events and licensed lounges, as well as legalizing public tours of cannabis farms. No lounge or event could be within 1,000 feet of a school.

Some written testimony has already been submitted regarding SB 639.

“Consumption of cannabis in public is illegal, yet tourists and patients and adults that rent rather than own their homes have the right to purchase and possess cannabis but no space they can legally consume. In the end, social consumption lounges would also attract more tourists to Oregon and allow for promotion of our local craft producers.” — Michael Bachara, of Oregon NORML, via KVAL Eugene

The hearing will take place at 8 AM on Thursday, February 28 before the Senate Committee on Business and General Government.

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