Medford City Council: Voters will decide on marijuana grow ban

Medford, Ore — After plenty of discussion both civil and not so civil, the city of Medford makes it’s decision on the future of marijuana grows within city limits.

With a vote of 7 to 1 the city of Medford will not ban recreational and medical marijuana grows within city limits, a decision that comes after plenty of discussion within the council chambers earlier today.

A vote on the new ordinance that would ban all unlicensed, non-commercial marijuana grows, both indoor and outdoors was postponed indefinitely after hours of public discussion on the topic.

An afternoon vote on the ordinance was rescheduled for the evening session where after even more public outcry against the ban, councilors made the decision to table the ordinance.

That’s good news for those who spoke out against the ordinance.

“We talked about moving, and for me i was praying that it wouldn’t go through and it was really hard to conceptualize that it would so my prayers were answered,” said Anna Rose Renick.

“The people came and spoke, they gave a great argument as to why we shouldn’t go through with a measure that bans all grows throughout the city, and we decided to put it to a vote of the people,” said Councilman Kevin Stine.

Council members originally brought the ordinance up after complaints of obnoxious odors within city limits.

Earlier this year an odor ordinance was approved by the council, that ordinance remains in effect.

The proposed grow ban will now go on to Medford voters as a ballot measure for the May election.

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