After over two hours of reports, public testimony, and deliberation the Ashland City Council voted last night to support a temporary moratorium on new Marijuana dispensaries in the downtown district and Williamson Way neighborhood. See the discussion from last night on the RVTV PEG Player.
Councilor Pam Marsh said she hoped the moratorium would last just three to four months, long enough to give the Ashland Planning Commission time to draw up guidelines for where dispensaries could operate. The Oregon Legislature earlier this spring voted to allow cities and counties to enforce moratoriums up until May 2015.
Tuesday nights testimony highlights the issues facing cities and citizens. Some neighbors don’t want these businesses in close proximity to homes and schools. Other testimony from an Ashland man battling cancer highlighted the benefit of Marijuana as medicine.