Want a marijuana shop? Be first

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes First come, first served. That’s the gist of a ruling Keizer City Councilors made Monday night in regard to an amendment for the recreational marijuana retailer permit ordinance. The ordinance was adopted by councilors at their previous meeting on Jan. 19. For the most part the city followed state guidelines and regulations. There was one key difference, however. “The ordinance requires a retailer to be located 1,000 feet from another retailer or a medical marijuana facility,” city attorney Shannon Johnson said. “An issue was raised regarding the possibility that two or more persons may apply within the same general area. The question then is, which one is allowed the permit?” Johnson said an application for the city permit cannot be submitted until the applicant has received state approval, meaning the Oregon Liquor Control Commission must first issue a state retailer license. Once that is submitted, the application gets date and time stamped. “That date/time becomes the priority date as long as the application is not later denied,” Johnson said. The 1,000 foot gap between retailers means, unlike other cities, Keizer shouldn’t have recreational marijuana shops next to each other or across the street from each other. Nate Brown, director of Community Development for Keizer, said there has been interest in opening such businesses in Keizer. “We have been contacted by four individuals that want...

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