Commission rejects anti-pot dispensary rule change

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — The Albany Planning Commission says a proposal that would prevent a medical marijuana dispensary from operating in the city should be rejected.

The Albany Democrat-Herald (http://is.gd/qksKKw ) reports the panel voted unanimously to recommend denial of a proposed amendment to the city's development code that would effectively prevent dispensaries from operating in Albany.

The proposal came about because of new Oregon law that allows prospective medical marijuana dispensary operators to begin applying for state sanctioning March 3.

Albany Alternative Health Solutions plans to be an applicant.

The newspaper reports it was a standing-room only crowd at Monday's meeting. Most people who testified oppose the amendment.

The commission's recommendation goes to the City Council, which is scheduled to consider the issue Feb. 26.

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Information from: Albany Democrat-Herald, http://www.dhonline.com

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