Tuesday, June 17 2014, 09:27 PM CDT
City of Ashland Looks at Regulations for Marijuana Dispensaries
By Aaron Nilsson/KTVL.comASHLAND, Ore. -- Ashland's moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries could soon be lifted.
Tuesday night, the city council discussed how to integrate dispensaries into the community.
Ashland city councilman, Greg Lemhouse, said the city continues to research and listen to public input regarding the marijuana issue.
He said it’s possible the moratorium disappears if the city decides to allow dispensaries.
Lemhouse said when it comes down to it, every community is different.
“As elected officials we have to serve our constituents and our community and we have to listen to our community. The decisions we make in Ashland will be directly related to what our community wants and I think that’s important to realize you can’t simply go off what another community does,” Lemhouse said.
Alex Rogers, C.E.O. of Ashland’s Alternative Health, agreed the city will need to listen to the community and what needs to be done, but it should be careful with who and what they regulate.
“I think it’s important Ashland leads the way in this and they do proper public policy, but be careful in zoning issues that may zone out dispensaries all together in Ashland,” Rogers said.
Rogers said proper regulations and restrictions regarding marijuana is essential to protecting residents in a community.
“Representing it in the community in a real and responsible manner is the only way to educate the youth on the possible dangers of drug use,” Rogers said.
Rogers also said whatever restrictions the city decides to place on marijuana could make or break this issue for Ashland’s residents, regardless of age or circumstance.
“It’s good to make the distinction between recreational use and medical use and how we might implement rules and regulations for each of those respectively,” Rogers said.
The city council said public input is encouraged regarding this issue.