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West Linn, Wilsonville appear to be upholding their marijuana business bans

The City of Wilsonville has had a moratorium in place against marijuana-based businesses and last month established standards determining time, place in manner in which marijuana business could operate should the ballot measure pass.


PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - In 2014 the Oregon Legislature opted to allow individual communities the choice of banning marijuana-based businesses, as long as more than half of local voters had voted against legalization in the statewide election. Two south-county communities heard from voters Tuesday night regarding allowing marijuana-based businesses inside their borders

Both Wilsonville and West Linn voted in favor of keeping the businesses out, with a strong majority.

Early, unofficial results show Wilsonville voted in favor of Ballot Measure 3-486 with 66 percent. West Linn was 61 percent in favor of Ballot Measure 3-513 at 8 p.m., when results starting coming in.

The City of Wilsonville has had a moratorium in place against marijuana-based businesses and last month established standards determining time, place in manner in which marijuana business could operate should the ballot measure pass. City officials agreed to put the matter to the voters this election, with Ballot Measure 3-486.

One of the primary concerns of those for the measure (‘Yes’ kept the ban against marijuana-based businesses) was Wilsonville’s proximity to I-5, concluding that easy access might lead to crime attracted to the cash-based businesses.

West Linn’s business permit ordinance, which did not allow businesses that violated federal law, kept marijuana-based businesses away. And it’s scattered commercial/retail hubs surrounded by neighborhoods and schools made compliance with state law regarding proximity to schools and childcare facilities difficult. Shortly before Measure 91 passed in 2014, making marijuana legal in Oregon, West Linn passed in moratorium against medical marijuana dispensaries and when its one-year term expired, the city relied on the business license rules to keep both recreational and medical marijuana at bay. Ballot Measure 3-513 was put on the ballot by the West Linn City Council to hear from residents.

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