Anna Staver, Statesman Journal 10:08 p.m. PDT April 30, 2014
More than 100 Oregon cities and 20 counties have opted to hit pause on the legalization of medical marijuana dispensaries for at least a year.
“It looks like most of the small towns and cities in the state are saying, ‘We don’t like this, or, ‘We want to see how this works in other places before we allow into our cities,'” said Jim Moore, a political science professor at Pacific University.
Dispensaries were legalized in Oregon thanks to a law passed in 2013, but owners couldn’t apply for licenses from the Oregon Health Authority until March.
Lawmakers threw a wrench into the application process a few days after it started by passing Senate Bill 1531, which gave municipalities until Thursday to decide whether they wanted to delay legalization of marijuana businesses until May 1, 2015.
In the Willamette Valley, Marion County, Yamhill and Polk County commissioners voted to impose the one-year moratorium, according to data provided by OHA.
Polk County’s decision forced the closure of Top Shelf Medicine outside of Salem.
Marion County commissioners will allow the lone store currently operating in the unincorporated part of the county to remain open providing it posses a county permit by May 1 that requires the business to meet additional rules and regulations.
Club Pitbull’s owner, Christoper Oss, did not respond to the Statesman Journal’s request for comment on the status of his county application.
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The Statesman Journal will have an in depth look at the anticipated legal, social and medical impacts of the one-year moratoriums as they begin to take effect. The report will also include a breakdown of where dispensaries are allowed to operate in Marion and Polk counties.
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