Recreational marijuana sales banned in Klamath Falls, Klamath County

Klamath Falls, Ore. – Both the city of Klamath Falls, and Klamath County have said ‘no’ to recreational marijuana sales – but the question could still come up for public vote.

By a vote of 4 to 1, the Klamath Falls city council voted Monday night to ban retail sales of recreational marijuana.

“I thought it was time for the city to move ahead on the medical marijuana issue.”  Said Councilman, and former Police Chief Dan Tofell.  “But I just wasn’t quite ready on the recreational marijuana.”

Councilwoman Trish Seiler cast the opposing vote.

The city will still allow sales through medical marijuana dispensaries.

Meanwhile, the Klamath County Commissioners took public input Tuesday morning on a proposal to ban all recreational and medical marijuana sales.

The board took over 2 hours of public testimony.

Susan Lemming:  “We need to go forward and be a city that’s known for families, a good infrastructure, and health – not throwing the doors open for drug use for our kids.”

Michael Henkel:  “It moderated my use of alcohol, even anger – it helped me in my marital relations, and it helped me calm my heart and my mind.”

Sam Porter:  “We need to send the message to companies coming in, we need to support the companies that are here, that have drug policies that don’t want recreational drug users in their workforce.”

Butch Kennedy:  “But I’ll tell you what – If I have to go to Medford to buy my medical stuff, I will spend my money while I’m over there.”

In the end, the Commissioners voted unanimously to ban all medical, and recreational marijuana sales…though the issue could go before Klamath County voters next year.

The Commissioners said they’re in favor of placing the marijuana question before voters.

However, they disagree on whether they should place the issue on the ballot themselves, or require signatures to be collected through the initiative process.

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