Medical marijuana forum Feb. 11

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By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

It’s going to be, like, an early meeting, maaaaan.

Who wouldn’t want to discuss medical marijuana facilities and grow sites at 7 a.m.?

That’s the time for a Feb. 11 community forum on the topic at Keizer Community Center. County Commissioner Patti Milne, chair of the Marion County Public Safety Coordinating Council, sent city leaders a heads up about the event earlier this month.

The discussion will be about the multiple facets of House Bill 3460, approved by state legislators last spring and signed into law by Gov. John Kitzhaber last Aug. 14. The law directs the Oregon Health Authority to establish a registration system for medical marijuana facilities (or dispensaries) and grow sites. Medical marijuana was first allowed in Oregon in 1998.

The facilities are not allowed to be within 1,000 feet of a school or another facility. More than 200 facilities are expected to register by the end of 2015. Several cities, such as Medford, have already looked at changing rules in relation to HB 3460.

Keizer City Manager Chris Eppley said no changes are coming immediately here.

“Staff is still reviewing what other cities are doing and brainstorming what options to lay out for council,” Eppley said Jan. 24. “We’re not ready to roll anything out because we’re still evaluating what options are available to us.”

Milne believes HB 3460 “does not speak to the multitude of public safety and public health issues and concerns that communities and counties will face,” hence the community forum.

“The purpose of the forum is to share information in the areas of public safety, law, health, science, education, regulation, permitting and taxation,” Milne said. “There will be discussion on viable options for county and city ordinances and a question and answer period.”

A medical marijuana survey can be completed online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/medicalmarijuanause. At the end of the survey is a link to HB 3460 as well as the registration page for the forum.

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