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Dispensary Discussion in Jackson County

MarijuanaMEDFORD, Ore. — By next March, rules are required to be in place so that users of medical marijuana will have a place to get their medicine. So far, that’s been a discussion for cities to determine how and where those dispensaries can be placed.

On Thursday, Jackson County Commissioners heard from planner Kelly Madding about proposed rules for rural land, outside of towns and cities. Since the law requires dispensaries to have a business license, and Jackson County does not issue business licenses, that’s likely to be an issue.

“It will create a lot of confusion and a lot of issues if OHA [Oregon Healthy Authority] issues a registration prior to land use approval being given,” said Jackson County Planner Kelly Madding.

“If a current business licensing law for a city exclude non-profits, uh for the business license requirement, they might be able to argue that they don’t have to get a business license because they’re not for profit,” said County Counsel Rick Whitlock.

Madding serves on a panel helping the Oregon Health Authority write rules to define when and where medical pot dispensaries can be located, both in cities and in counties.