The Grant County Court voted today to pass Amended Ordinance 2015-01, which will allow patients to purchase medical marijuana at dispensaries in Grant County.
The ordinance was passed as an emergency to take effect immediately.
“In the interest of those who need medical marijuana, legal recipients of marijuana, I feel that it’s necessary to bring this forward in a timely fashion,” County Judge Scott Myers said.
The amended ordinance would only allow medical marijuana, not recreational, dispensaries.
Myers said many Eastern Oregon counties that originally voted against medical marijuana are changing their minds and allowing it.
When opened up for comment, no one from the public spoke out against allowing medical marijuana into the county.
The issue of recreational marijuana was brought up during the meeting by a community member. Antonio Roberts questioned the decisions of the court to continue to ban recreational marijuana when the county was missing out on large tax benefits that could be put into education and policing for the county.
Myers responded by saying that he believed allowing recreational marijuana shouldn’t be seen as revenue issue but as an ethical issue. County Commissioner Chris Labhart said that they would revisit the issue of recreational marijuana in the future.