Jackson Co. Commissioners adopt marijuana emergency ordinance

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Medford, Ore.– Jackson County Commissioners adopt an emergency ordinance to ban large grows on non-farm land effective immediately.

At a meeting this morning, Commissioners unanimously approved the ordinance that goes into effect immediately stating that growing medical or recreational marijuana on non-farm use or forest land is prohibited.

A permanent ordinance stating the same regulation had it’s first reading this morning as well.  Commissioners say people want clarification now.

Jackson County Development Director Kelly Madding says there can be an exception.  If people who have been growing medical marijuana legally on non-farm use land before today’s law change they can apply to continue to grow.

“If they go through a process and they were operating lawfully,” Madding explains.  “Then there is a chance that they could gain that non conforming use status.”

Madding also stresses that people growing marijuana for personal use not exceeding four plants for recreational, and six plants for medical are not effected.

Commissioners will give the permanent ordinance a second reading on April 20th.

 

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