Sisters to discuss regulated marijuana commerce – Bend Bulletin

Allie Colosky The Bulletin

Sisters is considering allowing regulated marijuana commerce within city limits.

The Sisters City Council will hold a series of workshops to discuss potential changes to the city’s business license and other regulations that could allow medical or recreational marijuana sales. All marijuana sales are currently prohibited in Sisters by the city’s business license requirements.

“It’s the goal of the council to investigate restrictions and sample language,” City Manager Brant Kucera said. “The misconception is that people will be able to open a retail shop tomorrow. People need to be aware that this is just the initial discussion. There is no definite decision either way.”

The next City Council workshop is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall and will address legal language regarding local marijuana taxes, hemp-related businesses, the city’s business licenses and land use codes.

“Sisters is one of those cities that has prohibited both medical and recreational use in all business licenses based on the federal law,” Mayor Chuck Ryan said. “This is how we have operated until this point. A lot of cities have come forward to determine their own regulations, accordingly. If we don’t and the federal law changes, we won’t have anything in place so we are trying to be proactive now.”

The city’s business license does not currently allow for medical or recreational marijuana sales or production, and Sisters voters rejected a measure that would have allowed the sale of medical marijuana in the city in 2014.

The community has since seemed to split evenly on the issue of allowing marijuana sales, Kucera said.

“The community does appear to be fairly evenly divided, with maybe a slight majority in favor of it,” he said. “I don’t think the matter is decided at all, but they

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