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Local Roundup for Oregon Cannabis September 21, 2015

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In this week’s roundup, we have one city behaving particularly maliciously: the City of Gresham is reportedly using the OMMP registry to identify registered growers, and then issuing letters indicating that they would be scheduling inspections of those properties to ensure that the grow complies with city code.  According to Willamette Week, the city code requires that the patient lives at that same address and that there are no more than six plants – neither is required under state law and the inspections appear to infringe on the rights of the homeowners and to also violate the OMMA as to how the database is to be used.  One homeowner is fighting the action by Gresham through attorney Bear Wilner-Nugent.  His response to the letter from Gresham is linked within the WW story.

The City of Grants Pass voted unanimously to ban all marijuana commerce at their September 16 meeting.  The complete documents are available through their meetings page and can be found on pages 109-146 at this link. They did alter language to make clear that they were not banning personal possession as allowed under state law, but instead only commerce related to marijuana under both OLCC and OMMP regulations.

Wasco County is holding its second town hall to discuss marijuana legislation on Monday, September 21, at 5:30 pm at the Mosier Senior Center located at 501 East 2nd Street in Mosier, OR.  The first town hall held last week was divided according to the Dalles Chronicle.  If you or those you know are in Wasco County, please show up and ensure that cannabis consumers are fairly represented in the conversations.

Wasco County Town Hall 09212015

The City of Scappoose and St. Helens are also both looking at bans and the Spotlight covered the bias of the conversations in an article this week.  One City Councilor in St. Helens supported the will of the voters, Susan Conn, while everyone else supported bans.  The Scappoose Police Chief reportedly testified how close the existing dispensary was to the skate park while ignoring the tobacco and liquor store on either side of the dispensary.

This week two more localities were added to the OLCC ban list: Canyon City and the City of Ione.  Both cities have implemented bans that will go into effect immediately.

Map of city and county bans as of 9/21/2015

Map of city and county bans as of 9/21/2015

Those to be voted on the 2016 General Election Ballot with a moratorium in the meantime:

  • Douglas County
  • City of Brownsville
  • City of Sandy
  • City of Sutherlin
  • Junction City
  • City of Creswell
  • City of Sweet Home
  • City of Manzanita

Those which will not be voted on and become effective immediately:

  • City of Ontario
  • City of Vale
  • City of Nyssa
  • Island City
  • Umatilla County
  • Harney County
  • Malheur County
  • City of Jordan Valley
  • City of John Day
  • Crook County
  • City of Adrian
  • City of Elgin
  • Wheeler County
  • City of Baker
  • City of Umatilla
  • Canyon City
  • City of Ione

If you are following your locality on this topic, please send an email with updates on what is happening to jennifer@PortlandNORML.org to help keep us all informed.

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