Ask a Cannabis Lawyer: Is Portland Safe from Commercial Bans?

I heard that Oregon cities and counties are passing commercial marijuana bans, and others are passing oppressive rules. Is Portland safe?

YES, IT LOOKS good. Oregon law allows cities and counties to ban commercial cannabis activity only in certain circumstances. For example, if a county opposed Measure 91 (the legalization initiative) by 55 percent or more, the county or any of its cities can prohibit most commercial marijuana activity. If less than 55 percent opposed the measure, any proposed ban would go to a local vote.

In Multnomah County, an impressive 71 percent of us voted "yes" on Measure 91. Even if local officials wanted to proscribe commercial marijuana activity, it's highly unlikely that voters would endorse that sort of thing. This isn't to say, however, that Portland couldn't make things hard for local operators. It definitely could.

All of this was prologue when the Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI), recently...

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