5 Oregon child care owners have marijuana cards

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — State officials say five Oregon home-based child-care centers are owned by people who have medical marijuana cards, but the owners may soon have to give up either their pot cards or their day-care licenses.

Until now, medical marijuana card holders have been able to get licenses to run day-care centers as long as they don't use marijuana in front of children in their care, among other conditions.

But after media stories about one of the day-care centers, that policy is headed for changes.

Gov. John Kitzhaber said Wednesday owners should have to choose between their child-care license and their marijuana card. He's directed the Early Learning Council, which he appointed to oversee early-childhood education, to "take action necessary" to ensure that marijuana cardholders can't be licensed child-care providers.

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