The Marion County Board of Commissioners referred measures related to marijuana for placement on the November ballot.
In November 2014, Oregon voters approved Measure 91 which allows for possession and sale of recreational marijuana by adults, state licensing, regulation, and taxation. However, Marion County voters voted against Measure 91 by 51.56 percent. As such, state law allows the county to put the future expansion of recreational marijuana businesses to a vote.
Referred measures include:
- Whether to allow the establishment of medical marijuana processing sites and dispensaries in unincorporated Marion County outside of city limits. The outcome of this measure does not affect medical marijuana grow sites or existing permitted medical marijuana dispensaries.
- Whether to allow the establishment of recreational marijuana businesses including producers, processors, wholesalers, and retailers in unincorporated Marion County outside of city limits.
- The establishment of a three percent local tax if the vote allows recreational marijuana businesses.
The outcome of any of these measures does not prevent any incorporated city from allowing these activities. Many cities in Marion County have taken action to allow recreational marijuana businesses. None of the measures encroach on an individual's right to possess, grow or use marijuana under Measure 91.
Commissioner Kevin Cameron, board chair, said, "The November vote allows residents of Marion County to either confirm their 2014 vote or change direction."
For more information, contact the Board of Commissioners Office at (503) 588-5212 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.