We get it.
Some folks in Deschutes County wish Oregon had never legalized the growth, manufacturing and use of recreational marijuana, and they’ll do what they can to keep it away.
A majority on the current county commission apparently has more sense than to listen to everything they say on one application before it.
Marijuana is legal in Oregon. Growing marijuana is also legal, though local governments can put reasonable limits on where it can be grown. Both state law and local ordinances seek to keep cannabis businesses at least 1,000 feet from schools, for example, and that’s a good thing.
Deschutes County’s marijuana rules go beyond that restriction. They bar marijuana production within 1,000 feet of a “youth activity center,” though what that is remains undefined.
Here’s a hint: A 4-H Club meeting at someone’s home is surely not a “youth activity center,” no matter what opponents of the current application argue.
Nor, no doubt, is a house that is home to a particularly large family, or even a small one.
In all those cases, youth are there, to be sure, and activity is bound to be there as well. But Oregon’s marijuana laws were not intended to restrict marijuana production to only the most isolated parts of the state.
County residents who object to legalized cannabis have found at least some of their concerns reflected by the county commission. There’s no indication that will change when Tammy Baney leaves in January and Patti Adair joins the commission.
But, again, pot is legal. Growing it is legal. And commissioners should not agree when pot opponents try to stretch those laws and regulations to make either of those things untrue.