About Us

An Oregon Nonprofit Advocacy and Educational Organization

Compassionate Oregon is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) organization.

Mission Statement:

Compassionate Oregon is a nonprofit organization created to increase public awareness of the legislative issues surrounding the use of medical cannabis; to work for affordable access for patients to medical cannabis; to remove restrictive regulations and fees concerning such access; to ensure the long-term availability of medical marijuana through statute first established by initiative by a majority vote of the people;  to educate patients and health care providers regarding the use and benefits of medical marijuana.

Here is a small list of our achievements:
  • Passed Senate Bill 281 adding PTSD to the list of qualifying conditions.
  • Reduced Veteran card fees to $20
  • Created the ability for a patient in long-term care to designate a facility and staff member as a secondary caregiver
  • Drafted Legislation establishing Oregon Cannabis Commission

About the Board

Chelsea Hopkins – President

Chelsea Hopkins is the co-owner of The Greener Side dispensary in Eugene Oregon. The Greener Side was one of the first OMMP registered medical-only dispensaries. Chelsea, along with husband Joseph settled in Eugene opened a medical dispensary before they were legal and qualified for a medical only license early in the game. Chelsea has been active in the Legislature offering testimony on several of Compassionate Oregon’s key bills.  The Greener Side transitioned to the OLCC licensed structure and her expertise in both OLCC and OMMP issues makes her uniquely qualified to lead our non-profit organization.

Anthony Taylor – Secretary, Legislative Director

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. Anthony also serves as the Vice-Chair on the Oregon Cannabis Commission and one of its founding members.

Sarah Duff – Board Member

Sarah Duff has been a cannabis activist for 17 years working successfully to pass initiatives in Missouri and Oregon. Today she serves on the Board of Directors for Oregon NORML, Oregon NORML Women’s Alliance, is the Media and Outreach Director for the International Cannabis Business Conference and Consultant with Duff Johnson Consulting. Her clients include patients she has connected to growers since 2009, helping set up and operate clinics such as Northwest Alternative Health and OLCC cannabis licensees who would like assistance with setting up and organizing their business and complying with laws and rules.

Advisory Board

John Sajo.

Mr. Sajo is a life-long activist and is responsible for several cannabis initiatives including Oregon’s first cannabis ballot measure in 1986 and the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act Initiative in 1998 which gave us the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program. John currently still grows for OMMP patients and continues contributing no-cost cannabis medicines for up to 16 patients. He continues to be active in an advisory capacity and we value his experience immensely.

Michael Krawitz

Mr. Krawitz is the Executive Director for Veterans for Medical Marijuana Access. His work at the Veteran’s Administration has been key to VA Healthcare providers being able to discuss cannabis with veterans and their use of cannabis not to be grounds to revoke a veteran’s access to healthcare. Michael is currently  working with the United Nations and the World Health Organization on changing cannabis policy on the world stage.

Cheryl Smith

Cheryl Smith is a past board member who was instrumental in creating the non-profit structure for Compassionate Oregon. Cheryl was the Executive Director of Eugene Oregon’s Compassion Center, a non-profit cannabis patient clinic. She also served as the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Medical Marijuana and continues to serve as our editor-in-chief. Cheryl was instrumental in Oregon”s Death With Dignity  movement and was key in its drafting and passage. We also enjoy her perspective.