Marijuana dispensaries banned by Medford City Council

Damian Mann / (Medford) Mail Tribune /


MEDFORD — State Rep. Buckley calls the move ‘a huge overreaction’ before rules are shaped.

No medical marijuana dispensaries will be allowed in Medford, after the City Council on Sept. 5 unanimously approved expanding an ordinance to deny or revoke a business license if the business is in violation of local, state or federal law. Previously, the ordinance only described how the business had to be conducted in a lawful manner.

MaryJane’s Attic in the WinCo shopping center received a revocation of its business license on Sept. 26 for dispensing marijuana, according to Medford Police Chief Tim George.

Owners of MaryJane’s declined to comment.

Dispensing medical marijuana violates federal law and currently violates state law, George said.

“I don’t see how you could license unlawful activity,” he said.

The city had previously revoked business licenses for Southern Oregon NORML, Puffin’ Stuff and The Green Compass in May after raids by police, despite a new state law permitting its sale through sanctioned shops.

George said the city ordinance is meant to address Oregon House Bill 3460, which will authorize opening state-regulated medical marijuana dispensaries next year, but allow some latitude for local jurisdictions to create their own regulations.

A state committee is in the process of generating rules for HB 3460 that will be rolled out next year.

After the rules are in place, George said, “The city will be relying on federal law.”

Under existing state law, Oregon’s 55,000 medical marijuana cardholders can grow pot themselves or find a person to grow it for them. The new law offers an additional option of purchasing medicine from state-regulated medical marijuana retail outlets.

Rep. Peter Buckley, an Ashland Democrat who helped craft HB 3460, said it’s premature for local governments to pass ordinances before the rule-making process.

“I think it’s a huge overreaction,” Buckley said. “I think the fears are unreasonable.”

Buckley said the state attorney general and the Oregon League of Cities both have endorsed HB 3460, which attempts to create a professionally run network of dispensaries.

Buckley said members of law enforcement are on the committee that will be devising the rules for the House bill.

“I encourage people to take a deep breath and work with the rule-making process,” he said.

Buckley said it is premature for clinics to set up shop to dispense medical marijuana ahead of the rule-making, though he said the Portland area already has dispensaries.

But Buckley also said there are many state laws that potentially conflict with federal law.

Theoretically, he said, a law enforcement officer could arrest a medical marijuana cardholder for violating federal law, though that doesn’t generally happen.

City councilor Bob Strosser, who voted for the ordinance, said, “I don’t think we want to be in violation of any laws.”

He said there are contradictions between federal and state law that need to be reconciled and are a potential “train wreck.”

“The contradictions are what is troubling,” he said.

Police Log

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Bend Police Department

Theft — A theft was reported at 1:03 p.m. Oct. 10, in the 2700 block of Northeast Daggett Lane.

Theft — A theft was reported at 11:51 a.m. Oct. 11, in the 600 block of Northeast Third Street.

Unlawful entry — A vehicle was reported entered at 9:17 a.m. Oct. 12, in the 63200 block of Tristar Drive.

Theft — A theft was reported at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 13, in the 19600 block of Nugget Avenue.

Theft — A theft was reported and an arrest made at 10:35 a.m. Oct. 13, in the 1600 block of Northwest First Street.

Unlawful entry — A vehicle was reported entered at 8:39 p.m. Oct. 13, in the 20600 block of Northeast Eastwood Drive.

Unlawful entry — A vehicle was reported entered at 4:44 a.m. Oct. 14, in the 21300 block of Starling Drive.

Unlawful entry — A vehicle was reported entered at 12:56 a.m. Oct. 14, in the 2900 block of Northeast Yellow Ribbon Drive.

Unlawful entry — A vehicle was reported entered at 1:10 a.m. Oct. 14, in the 21300 block of Pelican Drive.

Unlawful entry — A vehicle was reported entered at 1:13 a.m. Oct. 14, in the 21300 block of Starling Drive.

Unlawful entry — A vehicle was reported entered at 1:34 a.m. Oct. 14, in the 21300 block of Oakview Drive.

Unlawful entry — A vehicle was reported entered at 8:15 a.m. Oct. 14, in the 61100 block of Northeast Pheasant Lane.

Theft — A theft was reported at 8:34 a.m. Oct. 14, in the area of Northwest Floyd Lane and Northwest Lemhi Pass Drive.

Unlawful entry — A vehicle was reported entered at 9:21 a.m. Oct. 14, in the 62600 block of Southeast Teakwood Drive.

Unlawful entry — A vehicle was reported entered at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 14, in the 62600 block of Hawkview Road.

Criminal mischief — An act of criminal mischief was reported at 10:03 a.m. Oct. 14, in the 100 block of Northwest Quincy Avenue.

Unlawful entry — A vehicle was reported entered at 12:15 a.m. Oct. 14, in the 63200 block of Stonewood Drive.

Theft — A theft was reported at 5:45 p.m. Oct. 14, in the 2200 block of Northeast Eighth Street.

Theft — A theft was reported at 7:07 a.m. Oct. 14, in the 100 block of Southwest McKinley Avenue.

Redmond Police Department

Vehicle crash — An accident was reported at 6:20 a.m. Oct. 7, in the area of Empire Avenue and North U.S. Highway 97.

Criminal mischief — An act of criminal mischief was reported at 8:34 a.m. Oct. 7, in the 400 block of Southwest Rimrock Way.

Vehicle crash — An accident was reported at 11:27 a.m. Oct. 7, in the 4500 block of Southwest Elkhorn Avenue.

Burglary — A burglary was reported at 11:59 a.m. Oct. 7, in the 2200 block of Southwest 22nd Street.

Theft — A theft was reported and an arrest made at 1:46 p.m. Oct. 7, in the 900 block of Southwest Veterans Way.

Burglary — A burglary was reported at 9:27 a.m. Oct. 8, in the 1300 block of Northwest Fourth Street.

Theft — A theft was reported at 10:49 a.m. Oct. 8, in the 3000 block of Southwest Quartz Avenue.

Vehicle crash — An accident was reported at 12:47 p.m. Oct. 8, in the 100 block of Southeast Evergreen Avenue.

Theft — A theft was reported and an arrest made at 3:09 p.m. Oct. 8, in the 300 block of Northwest Oak Tree Lane.

Theft — A theft was reported and an arrest made at 5:12 p.m. Oct. 8, in the 1600 block of Northwest Redwood Avenue.

Criminal mischief — An act of criminal mischief was reported at 9:23 a.m. Oct. 9, in the 700 block of Southwest 12th Street.

Theft — A theft was reported at 9:29 a.m. Oct. 9, in the 300 block of Southwest Sixth Street.

Theft — A theft was reported at 11:53 a.m. Oct. 9, in the 600 block of Southwest Rimrock Way.

Vehicle crash — An accident was reported at 4:58 p.m. Oct. 9, in the area of Southwest 35th Street and Southwest Highland Avenue.

DUII — Jeremy Todd Carter, 34, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants at 4:58 p.m. Oct. 9, in the area of Southwest 35th Street and Southwest Highland Avenue.

Vehicle crash — An accident was reported at 5:41 p.m. Oct. 9, in the area of Southwest 35th Street and Southwest Indian Avenue.

Theft — A theft was reported at 1:25 p.m. Oct. 10, in the 700 block of Southwest Deschutes Avenue.

Theft — A theft was reported at 2:56 p.m. Oct. 10, in the 600 block of Southwest Eighth Street.

Theft — A theft was reported at 5:12 p.m. Oct. 10, in the 3200 block of Southwest Metolius Avenue.

Burglary — A burglary was reported at 7:50 a.m. Oct. 11, in the 2000 block of Northwest Elm Avenue.

Theft — A theft was reported and an arrest made at 8:44 a.m. Oct. 11, in the 2800 block of Southwest Juniper Avenue.

Vehicle crash — An accident was reported at 1:20 p.m. Oct. 11, in the area of Southwest 35th Street and Southwest Highland Avenue.

Vehicle crash — An accident was reported at 3:02 p.m. Oct. 11, in the area of North U.S. Highway 97 and Northwest Maple Avenue.

DUII — Daniel Lee Tittle, 35, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants at 1:29 a.m. Oct. 12, in the area of North U.S. Highway 97 and Northwest O’Neil Way.

Unlawful entry — A vehicle was reported entered at 8:16 a.m. Oct. 12, in the 1900 block of Southwest Reindeer Avenue.

Theft — A theft was reported and an arrest made at 11:14 a.m. Oct. 12, in the 100 block of Northwest Sixth Street.

Theft — A theft was reported at 11:23 a.m. Oct. 12, in the area of Northwest Sixth Street and West Antler Avenue.

Vehicle crash — An accident was reported at 1:07 p.m. Oct. 12, in the 1500 block of Southwest Highland Avenue.

Theft — A theft was reported and arrests made at 1:54 p.m. Oct. 12, in the 300 block of Northwest Oak Tree Lane.

Theft — A theft was reported and an arrest made at 6:06 p.m. Oct. 12, in the 300 block of Northwest Oak Tree Lane.

Criminal mischief — An act of criminal mischief was reported at 12:20 p.m. Oct. 13, in the 200 block of West Antler Avenue.

Theft — A theft was reported at 1:32 p.m. Oct. 13, in the 300 block of Northwest Oak Tree Lane.

Theft — A theft was reported at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13, in the 1100 block of Northwest Kingwood Avenue.

Criminal mischief — An act of criminal mischief was reported and an arrest made at 9:37 p.m. Oct. 13, in the 1400 block of Northeast Third Street.

bend fire runs

Monday

7:02 a.m. — Authorized controlled burning, 19995 Glenn Vista Road.

11:06 p.m. — Smoke odor reported, 60930 Bachelor View Road.

28 — Medical aid calls.

redmond fire runs

Sept. 7

9 — Medical aid calls.

Sept. 8

9 — Medical aid calls.

Sept. 9

10 — Medical aid calls.

Thursday

10:38 a.m. — Outside rubbish, trash or waste fire, area of Northwest Lower Bridge Way.

8 — Medical aid calls.

Friday

4:55 p.m. — Authorized controlled burning, 10225 N.W. Kingwood Drive.

15 — Medical aid calls.

Saturday

2:45 p.m. — Authorized controlled burning, 5843 S.W. Obsidian Ave.

9 — Medical aid calls.

Sunday

9:41 p.m. — Unauthorized burning, 4355 West state Highway 126.

6 — Medical aid calls.