Oregon medical marijuana dispensaries face challenges

Oregon medical marijuana dispensaries face challenges

Oregon will soon accept applications for the state's first medical marijuana dispensaries, but local leaders are putting up a fight.

In Myrtle Creek, the town’s police chief and mayor oppose dispensaries within city limits. In Medford, the City Council made a rule change to say that business licenses could be revoked for violating the federal prohibition on the drug. There’s no way “to prevent the wholesale distribution of marijuana through dispensaries,” Medford City Councilor Chris Corcoran said.

Marijuana activists, who support the law signed by Gov. John Kitzhaber in August, say plans to ban dispensaries run contrary to legislative intent — even if they realize that local authorities will probably have the final say.

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