Deschutes County looks forward to new Marijuana Regulations in May

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on March 28, 2016.

Deschutes County commissioners say they expect to make a final decision on marijuana regulations in May. A 13-member marijuana advisory committee has been reviewing potential rules for regulating pot in unincorporated areas.

The advisory committee consists of marijuana industry representatives, rural residents, a Bend attorney and the chairman of the Deschutes County Planning Commission. It was formed in February after the County Commission decided to exercise an “opt-out” option in December.

Commissioner Tony DeBone said there was pressure to come up with rules at the end of last year. He was also mindful of the statewide changes made by the Legislature during a short session this year.

Notably, County commissioners chose to ban marijuana businesses in December by “opting out” of accepting state licenses for retail shops, wholesalers, producers and processors.

As many as eighteen counties, mostly in the eastern part of the state, have chosen to ban marijuana businesses.

There will be a public hearing on the first week of May in order consider the rule proposals and whether to continue the opt-out.

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