Pot outlets: Oregon panel OKs limited local rules

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A legislative committee has decided it would be OK to let Oregon communities exercise some regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries but not ban them outright.

The Senate Judiciary Committee acted Thursday on the request of some Oregon communities to give them greater say on whether to allow medical marijuana dispensaries.

The bill passed by the committee would allow communities and counties in Oregon to impose rules on dispensary hours and locations, as well as some conditions on how they operate. But it does not go so far as allowing communities to ban the facilities completely, as some local governments would like to do.

The Legislature last year approved legislation allowing medical marijuana stores.

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