Portland NORML Director Testifies in Salem

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Portland NORML brought seven people to Salem today to participate in a hearing on SB936 & HB3400, bills that would, among other things, restrict medical marijuana grows within residential area to just twelve plants.

Executive Director Russ Belille testifies in Salem

Portland NORML Executive Director Russ Belville testified to the committee (see testimony here) that such a change would affect over 5,000 patients who are served by >2-patient gardens and must be rejected.

He also testified in favor of ending the 12-inch rule for determining plant maturity and for allowing medical marijuana facilities to remain in place even if a school moves in within 1000 feet.

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Russ Belville

Executive Director: Russ Belville has been active in Oregon marijuana reform since 2005, when he was elected second-in-command of the state affiliate, Oregon NORML. After four years with Oregon NORML, Russ was hired by National NORML in 2009, working as Outreach Coordinator and hosting the NORML Daily Audio Stash podcast until 2012. Since then, Russ launched the 420RADIO marijuana legalization network and is the host of The Russ Belville Show, a live daily marijuana news talk radio program. Russ is also a prolific writer, with over 300 articles posted online and in print in HIGH TIMES, Huffington Post, Alternet, The Weed Blog, Marijuana Politics, and more.

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