Medical Marijuana Dispensary Law Prompts Potential City Code Change

, Written by Christine Pitawanich, Posted: Fri, January 17 2014 at 5:44 PM, Updated: Sat, January 18 2014 at 10:14 PM

Coming up in March, medical marijuana dispensaries will be legal in Oregon.

The new law is prompting the City of Ashland to consider changing their city code to allow people to do business.

City staff sent a proposal to council members that would clear the way for medical marijuana dispensaries to get business licenses.

Alex Rogers, CEO of Ashland Alternative Health supports the state's move to legalize medical marijuana dispensaries.

"It's just awesome to see a burgeoning industry," said Rogers.

"We want to be really open and fair about our businesses even those that want to dispense medical marijuana which according to state law is legal," said Ashland City Councilor Carol Voisin.

Currently the code says the city won't issue a business license to any business engaged in "unlawful activity."

The proposed change would take out the "unlawful activity" part of the code.

"What this does is it puts at administrators at ease so they don't feel liable," said Rogers.

In March, according to state law, medical marijuana dispensaries will be legal. While federally it's still against the law, the Department of Justice has said they won't interfere so long as businesses comply with state laws.

Medford has previously said it will not allow dispensaries, because they violate federal law.

The Ashland City Council will look at the proposed change to the city code at their next meeting, Tuesday at 7pm. As usual, it will be held at their council chambers at 1175 E. Main Street.

There will be time for public comment.

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