Oregon House panel OKs temporary dispensary bans

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A state House committee has approved a compromise measure that would allow Oregon communities to ban medical marijuana facilities, but only temporarily.

The bill cleared the Rules Committee on Tuesday. It would allow cities and counties to control things like the hours and locations of the medical pot outlets. Local governments that don't want the facilities would be able to ban them until May 2015.

The cities and counties originally wanted permanent authority to ban pot stores. House Democrats said the changes were a compromise designed to help the measure pass the Senate.

A lobbyist for the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police said they wanted the original bill but recognized the need to compromise.

Legislators have committed to reviewing the issue of local control over medical marijuana facilities and may revisit it again in 2015.

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