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 marijuana; to work for safe and reasonable access for patients to medical marijuana; to remove restrictive regulations and fees concerning such access; to ensure the continued availability of medical marijuana through statute first established by initiative by a majority vote of the people; and 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.
  • 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

About the Board of Directors

Andrew Gwin – President

After the closing of his first dispensary, Andrew co-founded the Chemeketa 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. Now Andrew operates Andrew Gwin Web Solutions LLC. 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.

Anthony Taylor – Secretary

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.

Lori Duckworth – Board Member

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 suffered a setback in 2013 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.

Chelsea Hopkins – Board Member


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.