Marijuana dispensaries are coming to Oregon, and many cities across the state are discussing what this means for their communities.
The Oregon Legislature passed House Bill (HB) 3460, which authorized the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to establish rules and procedures to begin licensing and regulating medical marijuana dispensaries. A committee appointed by OHA has drafted rules for establishing a medical marijuana dispensary. The state began accepting applications for dispensary businesses on March 3, 2014.
The Tualatin City Council adopted a moratorium prohibiting any medical marijuana dispensaries from locating in Tualatin to allow for more time for public input on dispensaries and where they should be located. The moratorium will be in place until May 1, 2015. Many cities in Oregon have adopted ordinances to restrict marijuana dispensaries, prohibiting them or establishing regulations for their time, place and manner of operation.
Currently, recreational marijuana dispensaries are prohibited in Oregon. New Approach Oregon (a pro-marijuana advocacy group) collected enough signatures to place the Control, Regulation and Taxation of marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act on the November 2014 ballot as Measure 91. This measure has passed, and the provisions regarding personal production, possession and use go into effect on July 1, 2015.
The Council is interested in hearing from the community on whether or not they support marijuana dispensaries in Tualatin. A phone survey was conducted in October 2014, and the survey results are available for review.
The Council will continue their discussion of marijuana dispensaries in Tualatin on January 26, 2015 at the City Council Work Session.
If you have questions or if you would like to share your input, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503.691.3065.