City of Pendleton Announces March 19 Open House to Discuss Proposed Marijuana Regulation

Release Date: 
03/13/2015

The City of Pendleton will hold an Open House in City Council chambers at City Hall at 7:00 p.m. March 19 to discuss proposed regulations for medical and recreational marijuana, and to gather community input. The open house is in advance of a Planning Commission hearing scheduled for April 2, which will be followed by a City Council hearing for adoption.

The State allowed local jurisdictions to adopt a moratorium on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries through April 30, 2015. When the moratorium expires, the City will be left without any regulations concerning the sale of medical and recreational marijuana. In order to ensure that those who support and oppose the sale of marijuana in our community all know what the rules are, the City must first adopt rules. City staff is proposing to combine the sale of medical marijuana through dispensaries and the retail sale of recreational marijuana under the same regulations, and wants to gather community input to help us decide what those regulations should be.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the open house at Pendleton City Hall to listen to and ask questions of staff. Members of the Planning Commission and City Council may be in attendance, but will not be deliberating any proposed regulations.

A proposed ordinance will be presented to the Planning Commission at a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. on April 2, 2015. It is scheduled for review by the City Council on April 7. Comments received at the open house may be integrated into the draft ordinance or the staff report.

For additional information on the proposed regulations, contact Evan MacKenzie at the City of Pendleton at 541-966-0204; in person at the Pendleton Planning Department, Pendleton City Hall, 500 SW Dorion Avenue; or visit www.pendleton.or.us.

The City of Pendleton Planning Department administers the City’s development ordinances, and is also responsible for long-range planning responsibilities within Pendleton and its Urban Growth Boundary.

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