Ashland, Ore. -- You could feel the tension in the room as the Ashland City Council went back and forth Tuesday night discussing once again a limited ban on medical marijuana dispensaries.
In a second reading and vote they passed a limited moratorium ordinance which will ban dispensaries in specific areas they choose including the Williamson Way area.
This comes after residents near a proposed medical marijuana dispensary on Williamson Way wrote letters and came before the council multiple times and again Tuesday night saying they are opposed to a dispensary in their neighborhood.
Those associated with the 400 Williamson Way dispensary said during the public forum they have a five year lease on the building already and stand to lose tens of thousands of dollars.
Some at the meeting tonight say its outright discrimination
"Residents bought their house knowing there is an 'E1' zone there and still, you can have a restaurant, a tire center, a pharmacy selling over the counter drugs and everything to people all day long, but you can't have a medical marijuana facility. It seems like it's just discrimination against medical marijuana facilities all together." said Robert Baker.
The dispensary Puffs which is already in operation will not be affected by the ban.