Council waits on marijuana action

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Wait and see. That’s the position of the Keizer City Councilors in regard to possible new rules regarding marijuana in the city. City Attorney Shannon Johnson presented action taken by state legislators this year regarding Measure 91, passed by Oregon voters last year. The measure legalizes the sale of recreational marijuana in the state, with restrictions. Cities and counties around the state have been trying to figure out for more than a year what kind of rules to pass. Keizer has been no exception, with the latest discussion taking place at last week’s council meeting. By and large, councilors over the past year have taken the stance of waiting to see what other jurisdictions do, from the state level down to other cities around the state. Such was the case once again last week. Johnson brought up four topics: the allowance of “early sales” in Senate Bill 460 of recreational marijuana in medical marijuana facilities; regulation of recreational marijuana; taxation of both medical and recreational marijuana and the allowance/ban/regulation of other marijuana facilities. “Only one of these is with serious time constraints,” Johnson said. “The question is whether council wanted to look at a ban of early sales and if you wanted to look at a permanent ban.” Since regular recreational marijuana shops will not be opening until the latter part of 2016,...

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