Oregon’s Coos County Passes a 12-Month Moratorium on Medical Marijuana

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Oregon’s Coos County Passes a 12-Month Moratorium on Medical MarijuanaCoos County Commissioners passed a 12-month ban on medical marijuana on Thursday, effectively making it the 11th county in Oregon State to have the measure in place.

The measure blocks the opening of any more medical marijuana facilities and has no effect on the ones that are currently operating. The conclusion followed after gathering opinions from various residents who were initially concerned about the bill, but who later backed it after commissioners said that the measure was meant to buy time for them to decide what kind of laws they need to enact permanently.

“That’s really what the moratorium’s doing, keeping it to where it’s under control,” Waylon Rosebear, a resident of the county, told The World. However, the county’s district attorney Paul Frasier had a different opinion.  “I think you folks need more time to structure zoning regulations,” Frasier said.

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The county’s director of planning department Jill Rolfe said her department had a lot of work to zone land. This involves mailing notices to every resident, which would be followed by panels and is expected to conclude in at least 3 months.

“The moratorium is very beneficial to us,” Rolfe said. The moratorium will stay until May 1, 2015, which is the upper limit of time permitted as per the Senate Bill 1531. This will also depend on whether county commissioners approve another moratorium, whichever is first.

So far, other Oregon counties that have enacted ordinances are: Douglas, Lincoln, Jackson, Yamhill, Umatilla, Columbia, Linn, Wheeler, Deschutes and Malheur. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.

To contact the reporter of this story; Jonathan Millet at john@forexminute.com