Grants Pass, Ore.– Voters in Grants Pass will get the chance to say yes or no to marijuana dispensaries during the November 2016 election.
The city council voted unanimously Wednesday to put the decision in the hands of voters.
The vote comes after months of controversy on whether or not to allow the growth and sale of both medical and recreational marijuana in the city.
City councilors first voted to ban recreational and medical marijuana’s growth and sale in the city. Then councilors voted on a resolution that will give voters the final say on all types of marijuana dispensaries opening in their town.
Many at tonight’s meeting said they were disappointed with the city’s choice to impose a moratorium until the November 2016 election.
But City Manager, Aaron Cubic said they are not trying to simply ban marijuana. They are following the law through House Bill 3400 which states that in order to outlaw recreational and medical marijuana, there must be a vote.
City council also voted unanimously to take the word “possession” out of a different ordinance that dealt with growing recreational and medical marijuana and said it was worded incorrectly.