About Us

An Oregon Nonprofit Advocacy and Educational Organization

Compassionate Oregon is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) organization dedicated to protecting the rights of medical marijuana patients and their families and educating health care professionals on the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act.

  • Passed Senate Bill 281 adding PTSD to the list of qualifying conditions
  • Working on Day Care Provider Rules
  • Introducing legislative concepts for OMMA changes
  • Lobbied the 2015 Oregon Legislature regarding modifications to the OMMA and Measure 91

Compassionate Oregon advocates for the development of a model program in Oregon that will provide high-grade cannabis for medical research and development.

  • Advocating legislation for lab certification and establishing a standards and practices criteria to establish strain specific research….

Compassionate Oregon will work to reform all laws surrounding the use of medical marijuana, with special emphasis on Veterans, employment and government services and programs.

Proposed Legislation:    UPDATE HERE

  • Lifetime cards for lifetime conditions
  • E-Cards for Hospice and Palliative Care patients
  • Caregiver accreditation for hospice workers
  • Removing restrictive policies regarding the use of cannabis while under narcotic pain management programs
  • Allow patients to use their medicine while in diversion

Anthony Taylor

Anthony Taylor is a long time activist in the marijuana reform movement. He was responsible for changes to the initiative process and has been a persistent voice in Salem for marijuana reform. His recent efforts led to the addition of PTSD to the list of qualifying conditions for the use of medical marijuana as well as sentencing reform including the creation of misdemeanor possession of marijuana and hashish, a long overdue change in Oregon statute.

Cheryl K. Smith

Cheryl K. Smith was Executive Director for Compassion Center, a Eugene-based nonprofit medical marijuana clinic and educational organization, from 2009-2014. She is an author, a retired attorney who specialized in nonprofit law, and was the primary drafter of the Oregon Death with Dignity Act. Cheryl serves as Chair of the Advisory Committee on Medical Marijuana (ACMM) and is a co-founder of Compassionate Oregon.

Chelsea Hopkins


Andrew Gwin

After the closing of his first dispensary, Andrew co-founded the Chemeketa Community College chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy in Salem Oregon. With the opening of his second dispensary, Andrew became one of the first licensees under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program. His insight into the industry and the process is a great asset to our board and his experience with SSDP will be essential in helping us grow our membership.

Lori Duckworth

Lori Duckworth was Co-founder & Executive Director for Southern Oregon NORML from 2008 to 2013 and in 2011 received Oregon NORML ‘s “Freedom Fighter of the Year” Award. Lori also served on the Advisory Committee on Medical Marijuana Outreach Committee for 2 years and recently applied for a position on the full committee. Lori spent 24 rewarding years in geriatric health care where she specialized in the care of Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Hospice Patients and their families. Lori raised four children and has three grandchildren.  Lori also co-hosts a weekly radio show on Rogue Cannabis Radio in Medford Oregon where she provides a valuable link to information and events for patients in her area.  Lori suffered a setback two years ago when her clinic was raided by local law enforcement.  After a lengthy legal battle Lori has emerged an even stronger patient advocate. She is a well-respected and energetic activist and we are pleased to have her join our board.