Gold Hill city councilors facing recall

, Written by Kassi Nelson, Posted: Mon, July 14 2014 at 6:35 PM, Updated: Mon, July 14 2014 at 6:54 PM

Gold Hill, Ore. -- Four out of six city council members in Gold Hill are facing recall after voting to lift a citywide moratorium on medical marijuana facilities.

Councilors voted to lift the ban over a month ago, allowing Breeze Botanicals to open it's doors. Some residents aren't happy.

Citizens who support the recall turned in more than enough signatures for a special election in August.

"There is concern in the community especially from some young families about the quality of life here in Gold Hill," Deb West said.

West is a Gold Hill Budget Committee member. She's leading the effort saying the councilors didn't listen to residents.

"The city council has neglected the town," she said.

Margaret Dials is one of the councilors up for recall. She said she's disappointed by the action being taken and councilors who voted in favor of the lift acted legally and after hours of debate.

"I think what we did was very proactive for our city," Dials said.

West said supporters of the recall aren't so concerned about having a dispensary open in town, but more about the priorities of the elected officials.

"The town wanted law enforcement first and everyone came and testified to that fact," said West.

But Dials said the five percent tax placed on medical marijuana goes straight to adding patrols.

"In the first three weeks we've made over $1,000 for public safety," said Dials.

If the signatures are verified by the Jackson County Elections Office the city councilors can either resign or fight the recall and let the citizens vote in August.

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Kassi Nelson

NBC5 News reporter Kassi Nelson was born and raised in Nebraska. She graduated from the journalism school at University of Nebraska Lincoln where she studied broadcasting.

She also studied philosophy in the Czech Republic. Kassi has visited nine other countries including Sochi, Russia, where she reported on the preparations for the 2014 Olympic Games.

She loves skiing and live concerts!

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