Peter Buckley
"After several years of talks and negotiation, Buckley specifically requested the legislative language he will introduce as what we call 'OCTA Light,'" reports Madeline Martinez, executive director of Oregon NORML. The legislative language, written by Martinez and Melodie Silverwolf, does not include the hemp component of the original Oregon Cannabis Tax Act (OCTA). With the assistance of longtime activist and citizen lobbyist Laird Funk of Williams, Oregon NORML submitted language inspired by the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act written by Paul Stanford and many others. It provides a simple and concise starting point for Oregon to move forward and end cannabis prohibition for all adults while keeping the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program in place. After a pre-session meeting on September 21, 2010, Representative Buckley has now agreed to introduce this legalization language to the legislature in next year's session.