Oregon law allows cities and counties to ban medical marijuana dispensaries until the spring of 2015.
So, many of them did… more than 150 jurisdictions banned dispensaries, rather than deal with the legal complications of dealing with a substance illegal under federal law, but allowed by state law.
Ashland stands apart; the city council is considering a package of regulations on marijuana--even recreational marijuana, if it is legalized.
The regulations include provisions for the city to make some money off pot, by taxing it.
City Councilor Rich Rosenthal joins us to explain the approach.
PUBLIC MEETING: Ashland City Council meets Tuesday night (July 15) at 7 PM, 1175 E. Main Street, Ashland.