JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. —Josephine County voters, will decide whether to keep a law in place, that commissioners created to target illegal marijuana operations.
According to the county clerk’s office, Holli Morton, the chair of the Josephine County Republican Party, filed a referendum to repeal the ordinance in November. It got enough verified signatures to qualify for the May ballot.
The law commissioners passed last fall, gives more power to county code enforcement, allowing them to write citations, and impose fines at illegal grows. Those violations could be for a variety of reasons, including building permit violations.
“Since there were so many people objecting it became obvious that this probably needs to go to the ballot and a group of citizens have taken it there, they have their signatures and it will go to the ballot,” said Commissioner Herman Baertschiger.
Commissioner Baertschiger says Jackson county has already enacted the enforcement tool. He was the only disagreeing vote when the board of commissioners passed the law in October.
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