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Marijuana businesses now banned by city ordinance

By state law, voters will weigh in this November

West Linn voters will soon have an opportunity to weigh in on the future of marijuana in their community, as the City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Jan. 11 banning pot businesses within city limits.

In so doing, the council also passed a resolution to refer the matter to voters in the November 2016 election — as is required under House Bill 3400.

HB 3400, which was passed at the 2015 Legislative Session, allows cities to prohibit marijuana businesses with the caveat that the matter must be put to a vote in counties where Measure 91 passed by more than 55 percent — as is the case in Clackamas County.

Back in April 2014, the council voted unanimously to support a one-year moratorium on state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries being placed within city limits. With that moratorium set to expire in May 2015, the council voted to continue to impose a business license ban on both medical and recreational marijuana facilities moving forward.

Now, that ban continues under the ordinance passed Monday, which declares a ban on both medical and recreational marijuana sites and will be effective in 30 days.

Taking action so early in the year was important, according to Assistant City Attorney Megan Thornton, because the Oregon Liquor Control Commission will begin issuing business permits in the late summer or early fall.

“Anything accepted and approved before a city ordinance would be grandfathered in,” Thornton said.

Even if marijuana businesses are approved by voters in November 2016, research has shown a limited number of viable sites for stores in West Linn due to proximity to schools and residential areas.

Patrick Malee can be reached at 503-636-1281 Ext. 106 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..