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Marijuana dispensary stays open, applies for permits

County reviewing Puff Oregon application -- expects to finish Jan. 18


NEWS-TIMES FILE PHOTO - County officials allowed Puff Oregon to continue selling marijuana after its owners applied (belatedly) for land-use permits.Puff Oregon, the first Washington County marijuana shop to open west of Hillsboro, is on its way to complying with county regulations after opening in November without county permits.

While Puff Oregon was listed under Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) directory of registered dispensaries, business owners did not submit the required land-use application to the county, according to Melissa De Lyser, communications coordinator for the county’s Department of Land Use & Transportation (LUT).

Marijuana dispensaries operating without land-use and building approval are in violation of county regulations, which can result in fines.

When county officials learned last month that Puff Oregon was open for business, they sent a letter notifying the owners they had until Jan. 4 to file an application or to promise the county they would do so within 30 days. County officials received an application Dec. 28 and expect to finish reviewing it by Jan. 18.

County staff had a pre-application conference with co-owner Mitch Braning to go over the requirements for opening a marijuana dispensary. Staff explained that a community meeting was required as part of the application process.

Banks City Recorder Angie Lanter said Braning held a meeting with neighbors Nov. 20 in a city room he'd reserved.

However, the county received a letter from Braning stating the meeting would be held Dec. 21. Banks city staff had no reservation from Braning for Dec. 21. Lanter said a sign on the door of City Hall indicated the meeting was moved to a local café and Trailhead Cafe staff confirmed a lunchtime meeting was held that day.

Puff Oregon is located at 47700 N.W. Sunset Highway near Manning and sells marijuana flowers, oils, edibles, vape, topical products and accessories. According to state law, those without a medical marijuana card can only buy marijuana flowers and buds.