Would you advise the City Council to place on the November 2016 ballot a city-wide prohibition on recreational marijuana facilities including dispensaries, processors, producers, and wholesalers, and a citywide ban on medical marijuana processors and dispensaries?
In November 2014, Oregon voters approved Ballot Measure 91, which decriminalized the personal growing and use of certain amounts of recreational marijuana by persons 21 years of age or older. On June 30, 2015, House Bill (HB) 3400 was signed into law which made some important changes to the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act and Measure 91. Under HB 3400, the Lake Oswego City Council may adopt an ordinance banning medical marijuana processors and dispensaries, or recreational marijuana producers, processors, wholesalers and retailers. However, the ordinance must be referred to Lake Oswego voters at the November 2016 general election.
Cities that enact a prohibition on any marijuana activities would most likely be ineligible to receive any state marijuana tax revenues.
A citywide ban on medical and recreational marijuana facilities in Lake Oswego would not prohibit the personal use and private growing of marijuana.
Do you think the City Council should refer the decision to ban medical and marijuana facilities to the voters in November 2016? The Council will be considering a draft ordinance on September 15.
For more information about these options, visit the City Council report seeking Council direction on Marijuana Policy: http://lakeoswego.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=2&event_id=291&meta_id=16064
Other resources on Oregon medical and recreational marijuana law can be found on the League of Oregon Cities’ website: http://www.orcities.org/Portals/17/A-Z/A%20to%20Z%20Documents/LocalRegulationMarijuana08-14-15.pdf