Medford council moves swiftly to ban pot shops

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Moving even before the Legislature completed action, the Medford City Council has voted for a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries.

More Oregon cities and counties are expected to follow suit as the state grants them the authority.

The Mail Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1fe0C9m ) the Medford council voted Thursday without giving notice to approve a moratorium. It will take another vote, on second reading, to enact it formally.

On Friday morning, the state Senate approved giving local governments veto authority until May 2015 — the bill goes now to the governor.

Local governments wanted permanent authority, but lawmakers didn't go that far.

The Medford council was among the first last year to resist the Legislature's action authorizing dispensaries. The city argues that despite state action, marijuana is still illegal under federal law.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/

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