Hermiston council votes no on allowing medical marijuana dispensaries

Tri-City HeraldMarch 4, 2014 

— The Hermiston City Council voted unanimously March 3 to ban medical marijuana dispensaries from operating within the city.

The ordinance takes effect immediately.

The ordinance amends the city’s Controlled Substances code to specify that it is unlawful to establish and operate a dispensary within the city.

Hermiston’s Zoning Code already states that all uses must comply with all applicable federal regulations and laws

Marijuana is classified by the federal government as a Schedule I controlled substance.

The Oregon Health Authority began accepting applications to operate medical marijuana dispensaries March 3, however Oregon Administrative Rule 330-008-1110(2) states that, “registration by the (Oregon Health) Authority is not a guarantee that a facility is permitted to operate under applicable land use or other local government laws where the facility is located.”

The OHA application website states that, “the issue of whether a local government believes a certain type of business should operate within one of these zones is a local government decision.”

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