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Possible pot store in Gaston is on the line, literally

Just weeks away from an election in which Gaston residents might ban all future marijuana operations from town, Steve Shore submitted an application to open a medical/recreational marijuana store.

Shore’s paperwork came before the Gaston City Council showing the potential store site (104 Mill Street) and a map that appeared to confirm the building was just barely outside the 1,000-foot buffer zone required between schools and marijuana stores.

“We signed off on it,” said Mayor Tony Hall, and returned Shore’s paperwork, along with supplemental information for him to take back to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC), which handles marijuana-related permits.

Shore’s map of all the schools came from the OLCC website but Hall says he got to thinking about it and asked the city engineer to measure the distance again using Google Earth. This new measurement showed the building sits right on the border of the 1000-foot buffer zone, with part of it inside the buffer and part of it outside.

Hall said they sent this new information to the OLCC and are waiting for a determination.

The point may be moot if Gaston residents approve the ballot measure that would ban future marijuana operations.

Hall said he’d have to check with the city attorney and the state. It’s unclear whether Shore has started the application process early enough to avoid a future ban.

An indoor-grow operation being planned for the old Gaston Feed building was approved by the OLCC months ago and will not be affected by the vote.

Shore could not be reached for comment.