Brooklyn native Dasheeda Dawson was recently put in charge the Cannabis Program of Portland, Oregon’s Office of Community and Civic Life.
“I am working within the government to activate things that are long overdue,” Dawson told Benzinga.
The goal is to build upon a program that has provided over $6 million in tax revenue off a 3% adult-use sales tax on cannabis.
These funds have since gone towards programs aimed at improving city infrastructure and providing assistance to business owners most affected by the drug war.
Leading Portland’s Civic Life
The administering of social equity grants aligns with the findings published in the city’s 2019 Annual Cannabis Policy Report.
“I think they have a vision, and it makes sense that I’m aligned,” said Dawson concerning Portland’s goal for cannabis social equity. “What I’ll be focused on is more the execution piece …