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128 Cities, 25 Counties Enact One-Year Medical Marijuana Dispensary Moratoriums

OPB | May 1, 2014 2:42 p.m. | Updated: May 5, 2014 2:57 p.m. | Portland

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Today is the final day for cities and counties to let the state know whether they are putting a temporary ban on medical marijuana dispensaries.

So far, the Oregon Health Authority reports that 128 cities and 25 counties have submitted their moratoriums, and more could be passed tonight. The moratoriums will run through May 1, 2015. Some local officials have said that they need to revise land use and business rules before revisiting the idea of medical marijuana outlets.

Other local officials say they don’t find any place for medical marijuana in their cities or counties, period. They cite federal grants that require them to comply with federal law, which prohibits the sale of pot. Others have ordinances that deny business licenses for violations of federal law.

The city of Cave Junction filed a lawsuit on the issue in Josephine County Circuit Court Wednesday, naming the defendants as the state of Oregon, the governor and OHA. The Associated Press reports that the city’s lawsuit argues federal law trumps state law, so Cave Junction doesn’t have to follow state guidelines.

In March, the Oregon legislature passed Senate Bill 1531, which legalized medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon. Later, SB1531 was revised to empower counties and cities to enforce a one-year moratorium.

At this point, there are too many cities where you can’t get medical marijuana to list them all. But medical marijuana patients can buy it in Portland, Eugene, Bend and Klamath Falls.

Below is a map of all cities that have passed a moratorium in compliance with state law and submitted it to OHA as of Thursday morning:

Counties that have enacted moratoriums:

  • Clackamas
  • Columbia
  • Coos
  • Crook
  • Deschutes
  • Douglas
  • Gilliam
  • Grant
  • Hood River
  • Jackson
  • Josephine
  • Klamath
  • Lake
  • Lincoln
  • Linn
  • Malheur
  • Marion
  • Morrow
  • Polk
  • Sherman
  • Tillamook
  • Umatilla
  • Wasco
  • Washington
  • Wheeler

Editor’s note: This story’s headline has been updated

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