Marijuana-related Businesses banned in Coburg till 2017

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on September 15, 2015.

All marijuana-related businesses in Coburg, have been banned till November 2016 elections following a voting by the City Council. The decision was taken on 5:1 basis. The ban will be imposed on all medical marijuana dispensaries and retailers. The ban goes into effect immediately, but the voters will have a chance to overturn the verdict during the November 2016 ballot.

There is no possibility that marijuana would be back in stores until 2017. Councilor Sharyl Abbaspour, who cast the lone dissenting vote, said that there are many young, retired, businessmen and civilians who have no problem with having a medical marijuana dispensary in the town. However, the City Council took the decision after a dispensary applicant Charree Richey filed an appeal against the Coburg City Council’s previous rejection of her application.

At least 50.8 percent of Coburg voters had favored the 2014 ballot measure legalizing recreational marijuana. The voting showed that people do prefer recreational marijuana, while medical marijuana remains a necessity. The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Liquor Control Commission will be notified of the changes in law so that they don't issue more licenses in Coburg.

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