GOLD HILL, Ore. — A group of Gold Hill residents is fuming after city council members approved ordinances allowing a medical marijuana dispensary to open in the city limits on a 4-2 vote. On Friday morning, about eight people went to the city hall to file to have the four city council members who voted in favor of those ordinances recalled.
Those community members want to recall Lorraine Parks, Gus Wolf, Margaret Dials, and Doug Reischman from the council, saying the councilors went against community wishes with their vote on Monday night.
The last three city council meetings were packed with people urging the councilors to leave the decision to a public vote. When that is not what happened, residents felt they had no choice but to file the recalls as they say they no longer trust these city leaders.
Once those applications are processed for the petitions, each will need 63 signatures of registered Gold Hill voters to have a call-to action from the councilors. At that point, the councilors can either resign, or be subject to a special vote in the city where the public will decide if they will stay in office.
City Manager Rick Hohnbaum expects to have those petitions approved by Monday, and community members can start to collect signatures after that.
Hohnbaum also added that no matter what happens with the pending recalls, it will not affect city council decisions that have already been made.
Breeze Botanicals is a local store has already been approved for a state license to distribute medical marijuana. The owner, Brie Malarkey applied for her Gold Hill business license on Tuesday morning and has been approved. She plans to have the dispensary portion of her shop open on Monday morning.