Many Oregon localities to vote again on rec

Oregon already has a recreational marijuana industry, but that’s only true in about half of the physical state. Most of eastern Oregon, and a good bit of the western half, chose to ban rec businesses after the 2014 election, but the topic will be back on the ballot this year in several dozen local communities.

That will give the rec industry in Oregon yet another chance to expand even more, and give a lot of existing medical dispensaries the chance to serve customers that they’re currently not allowed to sell to, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting.

So far, 46 cities and six counties have put rec on the general election ballot, according to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s website.

An additional 40 cities and 13 counties have enacted straight-out bans, where more than 55% of voters opposed rec legalization in 2014, and so local officials were allowed to pass ordinances prohibiting rec businesses without a separate vote of the people.

Shawn Aman, the owner of Going Green dispensary in the Oregon town of Albany, said he loses 10-12 customers a day because his local officials opted out of rec, and he hopes voters there approve it again as they did two years ago.

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5 comments on “Many Oregon localities to vote again on rec
  1. shelley on

    No one has ever addressed the big question: What are the consequences for those counties and cities that “opt out”? I.e. Do they forfeit all the sales tax benefits? Seems fair to me.

  2. Matt on

    Tax benefits from cannabis are state-based. Not giving them to those who opt-out of the industry wouldn’t be “fair”. They still have to deal with cannabis being everywhere, and the state would essentially be punishing localities for not allowing the growth/sale of cannabis…which would be TERRIBLE public policy. In fact, that action has potential lawsuit written on it. But that’s just a musing.

  3. Revenu'er on

    Oregonians whom voted to legalize marijuana in their state ended up with heavily regulated taxed marijuana . The vote to legalize was the only way law enforcement and revenuers could revitalize prohibition … And as legalization regulation is rolled out , prohibition gains ground for most state and local jurisdictions …. All we can hope for now is taxation and regulation for all 50 states … Once legalized nationwide , state and local jurisdictions will be able to tax and regulate as they see fit .

  4. Paul Sorensen on

    This the natural evolution of the legal rec marketplace. My town, Oregon City, will be voting on retail rec cannabis this November.
    I hope it passes. The silly thing about this is, I can drive 5 miles to get to the nearest cannabis store. So, why not right here? And…you can grow pot in the banned localities, but you can’t buy the finished product.
    Stupid. The genie is out of the bottle folks.

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