Marijuana retailer rules passed after a change

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes An ordinance regarding a marijuana retailer permit process was approved Monday night, but only after a change was made to make it more edible to Keizer City Councilors. Councilors in Keizer and across the state have spent plenty of time since the end of 2014 trying to figure out local rules about recreational marijuana, approved by Oregon voters in November 2014. A permit process was passed 6-1 in December, but since the vote wasn’t unanimous it came up for a second vote on Monday. It wasn’t unanimous this time, either. After council president Dennis Koho made a motion to adopt the ordinance as written, the vote failed by a 5-2 count, with only mayor Cathy Clark and councilor Amy Ryan voting in favor. Immediately after the vote, councilor Brandon Smith proposed removing one line from the ordinance, reading “The marijuana retailer shall have no marijuana in edible form.” That led to some discussion. “Is there specific information from the state about quantities and the strains (of marijuana) that go into edibles?” Ryan asked. “Do they have to be made in an oven with a health code?” City Attorney Shannon Johnson said there are standards that have to be followed. “There are significant regulations on the edibles,” Johnson said. Ryan indicated she had done research on the topic since the December vote. “Has anyone...

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