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Council OKs ban on pot dispensaries

The Hillsboro City Council unanimously approved a temporary ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in Hillsboro at its Tuesday evening meeting.

The 120-day ban comes just before a legal registry of marijuana dispensaries goes into effect. State law requires the dispensaries to be located in a commercial, industrial or agricultural area, and they are prohibited from being within 1,000 feet of a school or 1,000 feet of another dispensary.

The council wants the city’s Planning Commission to determine if other regulations should apply, however. It has started a process to decide whether to submit a new ordinance to the council that will include at least one public hearing.

“If nothing else is done at the end of 120 days, then state regulations will apply and that’s it, as they apply in every other city,” said Patrick Preston, public affairs manager for the city of Hillsboro.

Several other Oregon cities are also considering temporary or permanent bans, including nearby Tualatin.



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