Medical marijuana businesses subject of Falls City meeting

FALLS CITY — The Falls City Planning Commission and Falls City City Council will each hold public hearings on allowing medical marijuana facilities within city limits on June 12.    Both entities will consider a city zoning and development code amendment that would allow for dispensaries to legally operate within the city.    The hearings, scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Falls City Community Center, 320 N. Main St., are open to the public.    In March, council members voted to have the proposed amendment written for consideration, even though in the initial discussion the council seemed split on its support for allowing dispensaries to operate in town.    Currently, the city’s development code bans dispensaries because it requires all businesses comply with state and federal laws. Marijuana for medical use is not recognized by federal law.    Oregon lawmakers made dispensaries legal in 2013. However, in the 2014 session, the legislature gave cities and counties the option to temporarily ban dispensaries for a time period lasting not longer than until May 1, 2015. Dallas, which has a similar clause in its code, Polk County and Monmouth are among the cities and counties in the state that will not allow dispensaries. Given its code, Falls City didn’t need to take action to ban the dispensaries.    The amendment, if approved by the planning commission and council, would make an exception from the state and federal law compliance clause just for medical marijuana dispensaries.    Comments will be taken at the hearing and written testimony on the proposal needs to be submitted to City Hall, 299 Mill St., by 5 p.m. June 12.    A copy of the proposal will be available for review beginning Thursday at City Hall.    For more information: Amber Mathiesen, city administrator, 503-787-3631.    


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