Written February 13th, 2014 by Hasso Hering
A bill that would allow cities to strangle but not actually prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries has cleared the state Senate Judiciary Committee. All five committee members including Sen. Betsy Close, R-Albany, voted to send SB 1531 to the Senate floor with a do-pass recommendation.
Written February 10th, 2014 by Hasso Hering
Whatever happens with medical-marijuana dispensaries in Oregon, Albany won’t be in the forefront of trying to keep them out, at least for now. The city council Monday voted 4-2 to withdraw its application to change the city development code to prevent marijuana stores from getting started.
Written January 7th, 2014 by Hasso Hering
Marijuana was on the minds of the Albany City Council again Monday. I’m speaking figuratively, of course. The mayor and five councilors (Bill Coburn was away) were nothing if not sober at Monday’s work session, where they spent nearly an hour hashing over what the city government might do come March, when the state expects […]
Written November 18th, 2013 by Hasso Hering
Some city officials in Oregon are worried about medical marijuana dispensaries opening up in their towns under House Bill 3460 passed into law this year. They don’t have anything to worry about, because under the rules being written by the Oregon Health Authority, those facilities will be more secure than Fort Knox and be run with […]
Written November 6th, 2013 by Hasso Hering
Albany won’t jump into trying to prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries once they become legal under state law next spring, at least not right away. The city council Wednesday went along with advice it got from City Attorney Jim Delapoer to wait until legal questions about what cities can do under a new state law are […]
Written October 24th, 2013 by Hasso Hering
The last thing any Oregon town needs is a local prohibition against the kind of medical marijuana dispensaries that the legislature has passed a law to allow. The Albany council, as reported here Wednesday night, has voted to ask for a report on the options it has for keeping those dispensaries out. This after Councilor […]