Coos Bay puts moratorium on medical pot shops

COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) — Coos Bay has joined Oregon cities putting a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries the state has legalized.

The World newspaper of Coos Bay (http://bit.ly/19QSPlR) reports the moratorium gives the city a year to examine its land-use laws to deal with dispensaries. Development Director Eric Day says he's looking at "how best to plan for allowing them."

He says the code would have allowed dispensaries in much of the city.

The state plans to begin accepting applications for dispensary licenses March 3.

One major Oregon city, Medford, banned dispensaries, arguing medical marijuana is still illegal under federal law.

Others have taken a tack similar to that of Coos Bay.

The Ashland City Council voted this week to accept dispensaries, striking a provision allowing business licenses to be denied for unlawful activity.

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Information from: The World, http://www.theworldlink.com

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