Pot moratoriums favored locally
Seven of Yamhill County’s 10 cities have adopted a one-year moratorium on the local siting of medical marijuana dispensaries, and an eighth has adopted a six-month moratorium.
Amity, Carlton, Dundee, Sheridan, Lafayette, Newberg and Yamhill opted for a year-long moratorum and Dayton for a six-month moratorium. The votes were split in Newberg and Dundee, unanimous everywhere else.
The county itself has adopted a one-year moratorium, as has neighboring Polk County. The county actions cover unicorporated communities and rural areas.
The Yamhill County action came Thursday on a 2-1 vote. Commissioners Kathy George and Allen Springer voted to impose a ban and Commissioner Mary Stern dissented.
Bucking the moratorium trend were Willamina, which settled for prohibiting dispensaries within 1,000 feet of a park, and McMinnville, which settled for limiting their hours to 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and prohibiting them within 1,000 feet of the library, aquatic center, community center and any local pre-school. State law already bars them within 1,000 feet of elementary and secondary schools, or anywhere in a residential zone, but cities were allowed to impose additional restrictions if they wished.
Around the state, 122 cities adopted a moratorium by the May 1 deadline, according to the League of Oregon Cities. It said 42 either rejected the idea or took no action.
The Oregon Health Authority is proposing to adopt permanent rules for the Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program, as required by House Bill 3460, later this year. Public hearings are scheduled later this month in Bend, Eugene, Medford and Portland.
House Bill 3460, enacted in 2012, authorized medical marijuana facilities in Oregon. Senate Bill 1531, just signed into law in March, authorized local governments to impose certain regulations and restrictions, and to enact a moratorium of up to one year to give them more time with the task.