How CAN Succeeds
- Crafting and tracking legislation
- Directing outreach and public education campaigns
- Guiding political strategy
- Facilitating communication across stakeholder groups
- Preparing witnesses for testimony
- Lobbying directly with local, state, and federal elected officials
- Identifying all steps necessary to achieve advocates’ vision
SAM CHAPMAN, FOUNDER
Sam is the founding member of Chapman Action Network, a political consulting firm based in Portland, Oregon with a focus on new and emerging industries.
Deeply engaged in advocacy for progressive, compassionate, and informed drug policy, in 2013 Sam co-authored Oregon House Bill 3460, which legalized medical marijuana dispensaries. Now, he advises advocates, entrepreneurs, and elected officials on crafting reasonable laws and regulations around cannabis and kratom. Sam currently sits on the of the Minority Cannabis Business Association Policy Committee, where he assists in drafting local regulations with an equity focus to empower people who have been disproportionately impacted by the failed war on drugs. He also co-chairs the board of directors for the non-profit organization, “The Bus Project,” which engages Oregon youth in the democratic process and empowers the leaders of the future.
Sam has lived in Oregon for 21 years and holds a baccalaureate degree from the University of Oregon in Philosophy and Political Science. In his free time he enjoys training jiu-jitsu, surfing, disc golf, and traveling abroad.