A city in Oregon approved on Monday a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries that will remain in place for the next 12 months.
Forest Grove City Council rushed to beat the May 1 deadline, arguing that the ban will give law enforcers more time to train on how to detect whether a driver is driving under marijuana influence. It also gives the city planners time to determine where the facilities will be situated.
Forest Grove has followed the road taken by 70 other Oregonian cities that have imposed similar moratoriums.
The Senate Bill 1531 accords local authorities the power to determine hours that medical marijuana dispensaries are supposed to operate, their location and how they are supposed to dispense the drug.
The Forest Grove Council still has a chance to review the ban once it is approved, said Jon Holan, a Community Development Director and the co-sponsor of the ban.
Most city councilors favored the ban. Councilor Victoria Lowe supported the ban, citing the ability of the city to reduce the ban once it was approved. However, Tom Johnson, the President of the Council expressed concerns that there are grey areas, such as how banks will work with medical marijuana facilities.
However, four individuals were opposed to the ban. Judith Evalyn Ecker, a Forest Grove resident, told the city to “lead the way in good health and a new way to live, not dragging your heels.”
“We want to lead the end to suffering” for those who need access to medicinal marijuana, Ecker told the Council, reported The Oregonian.
Others argued that the moratorium stood in the way of job creation and restricted access to medicine, while others said that the one-year ban was too long. They advocated for a four to six month time-frame. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.
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