Phoenix City Council considers and votes down moratorium

, Posted: Mon, February 3 2014 at 10:58 PM, Updated: Wed, February 5 2014 at 3:06 AM

Phoenix, Ore. -- According to state law medical marijuana dispensaries will be legal in Oregon starting March 3rd, but cities like Coos Bay, Hillsboro and Tualatin have temporary bans in place to buy more time to figure out the law.

It's called a moratorium and Monday night the Phoenix City Council considered one.

It would stop dispensary applications, licenses and permits for six months. Councilors voted against a moratorium after hearing public comment from more than a dozen people. Including one man who said having access to dispensaries is a matter of life and death "I'm a caregiver for terminally ill patients and if you deny their access to their medicine...They'll die. They will die within months and that's the bottom line."

The city council is still discussing laws surrounding medical marijuana dispensaries and will take the issue up again at it's next meeting.

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