Ashland makes room for medical pot dispensaries

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Ashland City Council is loosening the rules for local business licenses to make room for medical marijuana dispensaries, when they start to open later this year.

The Daily Tidings (http://bit.ly/LVHrdX) reports the council voted unanimously Tuesday night in favor of the change.

The code will no longer say that a license can be denied for unlawful activity.

At issue is the fact that while medical marijuana is legal for cardholders under state law, it is still banned by federal law.

That provision was used to deny a license to a restaurant offering food cooked with hashish oil to medical marijuana cardholders.

The number of dispensaries that will be able to open will be dictated by state zoning restrictions designed to keep them away from schools and other dispensaries.

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Information from: The Ashland Daily Tidings, http://www.dailytidings.com

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