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Albany: No recreational sales at medical pot dispensaries

Written September 9th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon can sell limited amounts of recreational weed starting Oct. 1, but probably not in Albany. The city council voted 4-2 Wednesday night in favor of prohibiting medical dispensaries from selling recreational pot.

Albany pot store ban? Maybe not!

Written March 24th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Whether to ban or regulate “marijuana facilities” in Albany may be decided Wednesday night, and for now it looks as though Mayor Sharon Konopa will cast the deciding vote in favor of more regulation but not a so-called “moratorium.”

Planning panel opposes pot amendment

Written January 28th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

The city council’s attempt to keep medical marijuana dispensaries out of Albany once state rules allowing them take effect in March may have hit a bump. On Monday night, the city planning commission recommended against a proposed change in the city development code intended to ban dispensaries but seemingly banning all pot.

Why thwart state dispensary law?

Written December 11th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

A majority of the Albany City Council seems determined to keep illegal marijuana growers in business. How else to explain their effort to circumvent the state law that is intended to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to operate under strict state supervision with a long list of safeguards against abuse?

Albany to draft pot dispensary ban

Written December 11th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

The Albany City Council jumped back into the medical marijuana issue Wednesday, asking its staff to draft changes in the city land use law that would ban dispensaries within the city limits. Councilor Bessie Johnson, who said several weeks ago she did not want medical marijuana dispensaries in Albany, prompted the council action, which was not on […]

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