Measure banning recreational marijuana sales in Shady Cove to pass by 2 votes

Update (12-02-16 10:30 a.m.) — Pot dispensaries will not be allowed in Shady Cove. A recount of votes on Measure 15-157, which would prohibit recreational marijuana producers, processors, wholesalers and retailers in the city of Shady Cove, remains at a two-vote difference. 794 voters said “yes” to the measure, 792 voters said “no”.

The results did not change from the original vote count after the November election. The votes are expected to be certified by the Jackson County Clerk’s Office on Monday, December 5th.

Shady Cove, Ore. — a close marijuana measure on whether to allow cannabis dispensaries in Shady Cove still hasn’t been decided on and it may end up too close to call.

If results remain the same as they are right now, marijuana dispensaries like Kush Gardens would shut down from a difference of only two votes.

“Your vote counts every time you vote and this is a perfect example of why you need to participate in the process,” urged Jackson County Clerk Chris Walker who says Measure 15-157 in Shady Cove received two more votes in favor of banning recreational marijuana sales.

With such a close call, the future of local marijuana dispensary Kush Gardens hangs in the balance.

“Having access to cannabis is one of the things that allows me some level of comfort,” customer Richard Maroney said.

He’s gone through 17 surgeries on his eyes.

He says he needs cannabis for his constant pain.

“Another source locally would have to be the black market and I’m not down for buying illegal cannabis,” Maroney said.

And a medical card would be costly — the campaign manager for the business says it could cost up to 500 dollars.

But for some, the requirement of that card and the allowance of medical marijuana only is more desirable.

“I’m sure that it’s helped a lot of people with the medical necessities, but I hate to see it as recreational with our children having access,” resident Robert Abel said.

It’s still too early to tell if the sale of recreational marijuana will be banned in Shady Cove.

The Jackson County Elections Office is still tabulating military and out of town ballots.

If the sides are separated by four or fewer votes, there will be an automatic recount.

Walker says if there is a recount, it would happen 20 days after the election.

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