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Brownsville Planning Commission Forwards Recommendation to Council

The Times of Brownsville, Oregon

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Monday, February 23rd, the Brownsville Planning Commission, in regular session heard citizen comments concerning proposed Ordinance 751 - siting of marijuana facilities. After City Administrator McDowell summarized city legislation to date concerning the issue of medical marijuana sales, and later recreational marijuana sales, and the laws enacted and implementation of same by the state of Oregon, Commission Chair Gary Compton asked the group of about 30 citizens present to give comments, limited to 3 minutes' testimony, beginning with those opposed to the question City Council wanted considered: Shall the word "Federal" be kept in the business registration ordinance recendy enacted, or omitted, anticipating Federal legalization of marijuana.

It became apparent that most people present wanted only to express their opinions, mainly against marijuana being allowed in the City at all. Out of 19 people commenting, only 3 or 4 addressed commentary to the proposed amendment.

Administrator McDowell said he thought that the most the city could hope for is to be able to make the decisions about where marijuana facilities should be located, and that the city's legal advisor says now is the city's best opportunity.

After much discussion, the Planning Commission voted 5 to 2 to recommend approval of Ordinance 751 with a revision allowing the siting of medical marijuana facility in Old Town Commercial.

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Original Publication Date: February 25, 2015

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