Lawmaker Responds to Dispensary Backlash

MEDFORD, Ore. — An Oregon lawmaker says he’s surprised by the resistance to medical marijuana dispensaries in several southern Oregon cities. He now hopes legislators can use those experiences to make the law more clear. State Senator Alan Bates said he understands the frustration by local city leaders over medical marijuana dispensary laws. One by … Continue reading »

Marijuana Decisions Lead to Confusion

PHOENIX, Ore. – A pair of decisions about medical marijuana dispensaries have left some city leaders confused about how to move forward, and some dispensary owners weighing their legal options. The owners of The Greenery, a dispensary in Phoenix, appeared in court Thursday. The facility had been issued citations for operating without a business license. … Continue reading »

Marijuana Dispensaries Open in Ashland

ASHLAND, Ore. — Medical marijuana dispensaries are now opening in Ashland, as the city begins approving business licenses for those facilities. In January, the Ashland city council took out language in city ordinances that deny business licenses if a business conducts “illegal” activity. Now with that language eliminated, dispensaries can now apply, and some are … Continue reading »

Cities Examine Short-Term Dispensary Ban

PHOENIX, Ore. — Oregon lawmakers could soon allow cities to temporarily ban medical marijuana dispensaries until next year, and city leaders say they could give them more time to create a long-term option for those facilities. Some lawmakers call Senate Bill 1531 a compromise, by allowing local cities to place bans on dispensaries until 2015. … Continue reading »

Dispensary Locations Draw Concern

MEDFORD, Ore. – Addictions counselors are concerned that the number of planned medical marijuana dispensaries in Medford could derail the efforts of people going through substance abuse treatment. And in one case, they’re concerned about where those dispensaries are opening. The owner of “The Lounge,” a medical marijuana smoking club, applied to the state Monday … Continue reading »

Josephine County Says No to Dispensaries

GRANTS PASS, Ore – Josephine County leaders said the county charter prevents them from allowing medical marijuana dispensaries in the county. The finding comes less than a week before the state can begin issuing business licenses to those facilities. According to the county charter, business licenses cannot be given to places that break local, state, … Continue reading »

Discussion Continues on Dispensary Laws

MEDFORD, Ore. – As the state prepares to legalize medical marijuana dispensaries, some cities are fighting back. Medford and Tualatin both plan to try and stop dispensaries within city limits. Now, Rules Advisory Committee members are debating how to respond. Monday, the Rules Advisory Committee that forms dispensary laws will discuss, among other things, what … Continue reading »