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Phoenix Referendum Effort Continues

3-24 jbo greeneryPHOENIX, Ore. – Residents in Phoenix continue to rally behind one of their medical marijuana facilities.

Supporters of The Greenery are filing a referendum on a four-month dispensary moratorium voted in by the City Council. They say they have just enough signatures to file that referendum on April first.

If those are validated it would halt the ban and put the issue up for a vote in September.

“We’ve collected signatures from people who aren’t necessarily in favor of dispensaries, but they’re signing it because they feel the public should have a voice,” said lead petitioner Steve Schulman. “That’s what we’re attempting to do.”

Last week the court turned down 33 citations placed against the dispensary by the city, leading city leaders to start re-tooling their ordinances.

Petitioners say even with that court ruling and a potential referendum, they don’t see The Greenery operating with the blessing of the city anytime soon – although it has remained open.

Meanwhile it’s unclear what effect a September vote would have on a moratorium, as the four-month ban in effect will have expired by then anyway.

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  1. Mike Stitt says:

    The last sentence,
    “Meanwhile it’s unclear what effect a September vote would have on a moratorium, as the four-month ban in effect will have expired by then anyway.”

    What it does is leaves the Greenery alone and gives the City almost 6 months to draft the ordinance to regulate, and deal with land use thru’ the Planning Commission. I’m pretty sure it is what the Mayor and the elected said they needed the time for…
    If they can’t decide on policy it will be close to the Nov. elections and through the democratic process citizens can chart their own direction.

  2. Douglas Heuer says:

    Power to the people !!!
    Let the elected know where their authority to come from.

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