Oregon House panel OKs local pot dispensary bans

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon House committee has moved to let cities and counties ban medical marijuana dispensaries.

The action on Monday reverses a decision made in the Senate, where lawmakers voted to let local governments regulate pot stores but not to ban them outright.

The Legislature last year authorized medical marijuana dispensaries, but some cities and counties want to keep them from opening up the in their areas. Several have already passed legislation banning them.

In addition to allowing local bans, the House Judiciary Committee also voted to add restrictions aimed at protecting children.

The measure goes next to the full House. If it passes, it would go back to the Senate, which could accept or reject the changes.

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