Oregon Cities/Counties Prohibiting Licensed Recreational Marijuana Facilities (UPDATE)

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OREGON: The list of cities or counties in Oregon that have prohibited the establishment of licensed recreational marijuana producers, processors, wholesalers, and/or retailers has been updated to include Brownsville, Dufur, and Turner.


OLCC Updates Cities/Counties Prohibiting Licensed Recreational Marijuana Facilities

OREGON: The following cities or counties have prohibited the establishment of Licensed Recreational Marijuana producers, processors, wholesalers, and/or retailers.

The cities or counties listed below have:

  • Provided the OLCC with a copy of their ordinance, per Chapter475B.
  • Signed and returned the official “Local Option Opt‐Out” form which can be found at www.marijuana.oregon.gov.
  • Have put or will be putting the opt-out measure to a vote at the next general election (ifapplicable).
Affected City/County Producer Prohibited (Y/N) Processor Prohibited (Y/N) Wholesale Prohibited (Y/N) Retail Prohibited (Y/N) To Be Put On 2018 General Election (Y/N)
Adrian Y Y Y Y N
Athena Y Y Y Y N
Aumsville Y Y Y Y N
Baker City Y Y Y Y N
Baker County Y Y Y Y N
Boardman Y Y Y Y N
Burns Y Y Y Y N
Canby Y Y Y Y N
Canyon City Y Y Y Y N
Canyonville Y Y Y Y N
Central Point Y Y Y Y N
Coburg Y Y Y Y N
Cove Y Y Y Y N
Creswell Y Y Y Y N
Crook County Y Y Y Y N
Culver Y Y Y Y Y
Dayville Y Y Y Y N
Douglas County Y Y Y Y N
Eagle Point Y Y Y Y N
Elgin Y Y Y Y N
Enterprise Y Y Y Y N
Fairview Y Y Y Y N


Affected City/County Producer Prohibited (Y/N) Processor Prohibited (Y/N) Wholesale Prohibited (Y/N) Retail Prohibited (Y/N) To Be Put On 2018 General Election (Y/N)
Gaston Y Y Y Y N
Grant County Y Y Y Y N
Grass Valley Y Y Y Y N
Haines Y Y Y Y Y
Halfway Y Y Y Y N
Halsey Y Y Y Y N
Harney County Y Y Y Y N
Harrisburg Y Y Y Y N
Heppner Y Y Y Y N
Hermiston Y Y Y Y N
Ione Y Y Y Y N
Irrigon Y Y Y Y N
Island City Y Y Y Y N
Jacksonville Y Y Y Y N
Jefferson County Y Y Y Y N
John Day Y Y Y Y N
Jordan Valley Y Y Y Y N
Joseph Y Y Y Y N
Junction City Y Y Y Y N
Klamath County Y Y Y Y N
Klamath Falls Y Y Y Y N
LaGrande Y Y Y Y N
Lake County Y Y Y Y N
Lake Oswego Y Y Y Y N
Lexington Y Y Y Y N
Long Creek Y Y Y Y N
Lostine Y Y Y Y N
Lyons Y Y Y Y N
Malheur County Y Y Y Y N
Marion County Y Y Y Y N
Maupin Y Y Y Y N
Merrill Y Y Y Y N
Mill City Y Y Y Y N
Millersburg Y Y Y Y N
Milton-Freewater Y Y Y Y N
Monument Y Y Y Y N
Moro Y Y Y Y N
Morrow County Y Y Y Y N
Mount Angel Y Y Y Y N


Affected City/County Producer Prohibited (Y/N) Processor Prohibited (Y/N) Wholesale Prohibited (Y/N) Retail Prohibited (Y/N) To Be Put On 2018 General Election (Y/N)
Mount Vernon Y Y Y Y N
North Powder Y Y Y Y N
Nyssa Y Y Y Y N
Ontario Y Y Y Y N
Prairie City Y Y Y Y N
Richland Y Y Y Y N
Rufus Y Y Y Y N
Sandy Y Y Y Y N
Scott Mills Y Y Y Y N
Shady Cove Y Y Y Y N
Shaniko Y Y Y Y N
Sherman County Y Y Y Y N
Sherwood Y Y Y Y N
Spray Y Y Y Y N
Sublimity Y Y Y Y N
Summerville Y Y Y Y N
Sutherlin Y Y Y Y N
Ukiah Y Y Y Y N
Umatilla Y Y Y Y N
Umatilla County Y Y Y Y N
Union Y Y Y Y N
Union County Y Y Y Y N
Vale Y Y Y Y N
Wallowa Y Y Y Y N
Wallowa County Y Y Y Y N
Wasco City Y Y Y Y N
West Linn Y Y Y Y N
Wilsonville Y Y Y Y N
Wheeler County Y Y Y Y N


Cities Counties Total
No Voter Referral 73 16 89
2018 Voter Referral 2 0 2
Total 75 16 91

Contact the individual city or county directly for a copy of their local ordinance or for the text of the measure (if applicable).

If you are aware of any discrepancies contact us at marijuana@oregon.gov.

The most recent addition is highlighted for your convenience.

How Close Is Too Close? Tacoma City Council Fine Tunes Cannabis Retail Policy

By Aaron Ball

WASHINGTON:  The Tacoma City council formed a study group this week to discuss how best to proceed with ending the moratorium on Legal Cannabis Retail stores within the city limits. 

After considering the testimony of Tacoma residents at the public hearing on April 26, 2016, Tacoma Planning and Development Services manager Brian Boudet presented a final recommendation for the city councils consideration.   The new recommendations are:

Cap on retail stores

  • Cap at 16 (the current state limit)


  • 1,000 feet for schools and playgrounds
  • 100 feet for transit centers
  • 500 feet for other sensitive uses


  • 1,000 feet between stores city wide

Medical Endorsement

  • Required of all stores
  • Allowed based on State Standards.


Mayor Marilyn Strickland began the session by stating “There are two things we know for sure:  that is there is a strong demand for this product, whether it is recreational or medical, and that it is lucrative.”

The Mayor then went on to say that normally she would lean towards letting the market decide with out a cap, but considering there could be “up to 60 locations operating in the unregulated market” she felt the cap should remain with the option to lift it at anytime in the future.  Everyone was in agreement on capping the retail stores for the time being at 16 citing a need to maintain local control over the market as it develops.

Dispersion was the only issue to cause real debate and is also the issue that could have the most devastating effect on the stores that are waiting on this decision before they open their doors.  The Planning Commission originally recommended that there be no dispersion requirements on retail locations and the staff recommended 500 ft between stores downtown and 1000 ft for stores elsewhere in the city.

Mr. Boudet stated that the recommendation of 1000-ft being presented today was decided upon after considering mixed public opinion about the issue.  Three of the 5 stores that have licenses and locations are awaiting the city councils decision and will  have to find new locations if the dispersion rule were to be enacted.  The irony is that some of these locations were open and operating first under the laws and regulations for their industry at the time.  Council member Marty Campbell commented that “dispersion in retail, what I hear is government sponsored monopoly.” Councilman Campbell admitted that dispersion is a form of regulation used in many instances, but never in a  retail market.

Council member Robert Thom countered by comparing cannabis dispersion to liquor store dispersion saying “this isn’t a new concept.”  He reminded the council of the multitudes of citizens and business owners from the 6th district who requested dispersion rules two years ago.  Council member Joe Lonergan suggested that dispersion would be a viable way to make sure that new stores providing medical cannabis were located further out from major population hubs to better serve patients who had difficulty traveling into the city.

Mayor Strickland responded that many of the people who were worried about legal cannabis 2 years ago “aren’t coming around anymore.”  She suggested that after two years people have realized “it isn’t the big boogie man they thought it would be,” and these businesses “didn’t have  a detrimental effect on my neighborhood.”

Mayor Strickland went on to assure every one that the restrictions and caps will loosen and more businesses will allow to operate, but the priority for her is closing down the illegal stores operating within the city and maintain positive control in the market as it goes through those growing pains.

According to Front Runner Data, since the implementation of Initiative 502 the 9 recreational stores have seen a combined gross revenue of $31,444,926.98 and with an estimated 30 dispensaries being replaced by 7 more stores who knows how far much that can grow.

Mr. Boudet will take these comments and questions back to the Planning Committee and formulate the final draft for the first reading, scheduled May 3, 2016.


City of Castle Rock, WA Proposes Moratorium On Marijuana And Cannabis-Infused Products

WASHINGTON: Castle Rock, WA, which calls itself the “Gateway to Mt. St. Helens” has proposed a moratorium prohibiting the retail sale, growing, production, and processing of marijuana and cannabis-infused products intended for medical and/or recreational use within the Castle Rock city limits for a one-year period of time, during which the city will study regulatory options and may propose amendments.

A public hearing, in accordance with RCW 35A.63.220, has been scheduled for April 25th, 2016 at 7:30PM at the former Exhibit Hall Building, 147 Front Ave. SW, Castle Rock, WA.

Comments may be mailed in advance to Deborah Johnson, City Planner, c/o Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments, Administration Annex, 207 Fourth Ave N., Kelso, WA 98616-4195; or emailed to: djohnson@cwcog.org. Advance comments must be received by 5PM on April 25, 2016.  Written comments may also be submitted in person through the close of the hearing.



Spokane City Council Uninterested In Regulating Marijuana Industry Out Of Existence

WASHINGTON: There is no desire among a majority of Spokane city officials to further regulate the sale of marijuana downtown absent data showing it is a problem, City Council President Ben Stuckart said.

“I believe that this whole thing is based on fear, not truth or data,” Stuckart said, referring to Monday’s story that Mike Fagan and Downtown Spokane Partnership President Mark Richard were fielding concerns from religious leaders about pot stores opening in the downtown core.

Stuckart said he wanted to ensure legal marijuana businesses that Spokane would not entertain proposals to regulate them out of existence, including adding buffer zones to churches.

“I’m worried that the marijuana industry is going to get the wrong idea,” the city council president said.

Chelan Community Meeting About Plain Marijuana Farm; Jan 22nd

WASHINGTON: As previously posted on this site, the Chelan County Planning Commission will hold a hearing on the status of marijuana operations in the County on January 27th. This issue and meeting are of particular importance to our area because of the marijuana growing operation proposed for site in “downtown” Plain. The site is immediately adjacent to the Napeequa Winery.

The time for public testimony at the Planning Commission will be limited. To maximize the impact of information we can provide to the Commission and minimize duplication, members of the community who have been active in tracking this proposed activity would like to meet with all interested members of the community on January 22nd to prepare for the January 27th Planning Commission meeting.

Jerry Jennings of Plain will bring the community up to date on the facts regarding the proposed  “pot grow” in Plain and what the proposed Ban of the Production and Processing of Cannabis in unincorporated Chelan County will mean to all of us going forward.  Understanding they cannot be asked to take an advocate role or argue for us, it is hoped that law enforcement will be present to help community members understand the ramifications of this proposal for our community.  It is hoped that the meeting will bring community members together to organize what must be said and present it in a constructive, positive way to help the County know our concerns as they formulate future zoning restrictions and regulations regarding I-502.

The public meeting to prepare for the County hearing will be held at the Ponderosa Lodge at Mountain Springs Lodge on Chiwawa Loop Road at 7:00 PM on Friday, January 22nd.


Soap Lake, WA Resident Petitions Council To Embrace Marijuana Culture

WASHINGTON: A Soap Lake resident is petitioning the city council to embrace marijuana culture and bring marijuana-related businesses into the city.

Gary Gregg spoke to the council Wednesday night, asking the council members to consider taking advantage of legislation that permits and regulates the production, distribution and possession of marijuana for people 21 and over in Washington State.

“What I would like to talk to you guys about is the opportunity that Soap Lake has that, quite frankly, it will never happen in any of our lifetimes, if ever again. That is the chance to get this place into a bustling town. A place that we all envision it to be,” Gregg told the council. “And that is the idea of embracing something that would not cost us virtually any money. And that is the marijuana culture that is going on in this state, Colorado and across the country.”

San Diego Medical Marijuana Dispensary Hit With $1.8-Million Fine

CALIFORNIA:  A Pacific Beach medical marijuana dispensary has been hit with a $1.8-million penalty for operating outside of San Diego‘s zoning regulations, the largest fine against a dispensary in city history.

That more than doubles the total amount of dispensary-related judgments the city has collected to date.

On Nov. 20, San Diego County Superior Court Judge Timothy Taylor ruled against SoCal Holistic Health Inc. and the company’s president, Ryan Murphy. Besides the penalty for operating illegally, Taylor also issued a permanent injunction against the dispensary and its president, prohibiting them from having a dispensary anywhere within city limits.

“The judges are sending a message, and so are we: Marijuana dispensaries can either follow the law or they will pay a high price for their actions,” City Atty. Jan Goldsmith said in a statement Wednesday.


Panel Discusses Marijuana Businesses, Zoning For Fairbanks

ALASKA:  Just where in the Fairbanks North Star Borough marijuana businesses should be allowed and under what conditions continued to be discussed Friday by a special panel convened by Mayor Luke Hopkins

It was the second meeting of the marijuana working group. Hopkins is working on a new zoning ordinance, dealing with pot businesses, that is expected to be introduced in the coming weeks.

Borough planners presented ideas via PowerPoint, offering a glimpse into the kind of zoning ordinance the mayor is crafting.

Possible zones compatible with marijuana facilities are agricultural, commercial, industrial and general use, according to borough planner Kellen Spillman.


Washington NORML Official Statement to Snohomish County Emergency Moratorium

To whom it may concern,

The Washington State Affiliate of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws would like to submit the attached report to be placed on the record & provided to the planning department and county council in response to Snohomish county’s recently enacted ordinance (14-086) preventing marijuana production from taking place on R-5 zoned properties.

We strongly support the repeal of this ordinance and would also like to remind Snohomish County officials that as they consider what action to take this next Wednesday that they should remember the will of the voters who brought them into office who also approved I-502 by 54.6%.

We are aware that there exists a rather vocal minority in opposition of all marijuana businesses in the county, but disallowing property owners in Snohomish from earning a living on their own property through legal production of marijuana would be akin to telling Snohomish county cattle farmers that they can no longer raise cattle on their property due to the objections of a few animal rights activists, or telling a private mill owner that they can’t earn a living on their property due to the objections of a few environmental activists.  The reality is that marijuana production & processing, cattle farming, & milling lumber are all legal activities that should be allowed despite the moral objection of a few.

We urge Snohomish County Council to repeal this ordinance, considering only the facts rather than unfounded fears, perceived impacts, and the moral objections of a few.


Best Regards,

Crystal Oliver

Executive Assistant

Washington NORML