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Deschutes County sets hearings on marijuana biz rules


The Deschutes County Planning Commission will hold two public hearings in November on proposed land use regulations for businesses that grow, process and sell marijuana in unincorporated areas of the county.

The hearings are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on two consecutive Thursdays, Nov. 5 and Nov. 12 at the Deschutes Services Building, located 1300 NW Wall Street in Bend.

The county encourages residents to voice their opinions about the proposed marijuana land use regulations. To review the proposal, or to submit written input, visit:

The growing and processing of medical marijuana has been legal in Oregon since voters passed the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act in 1998. In Nov. 2014, Oregon voters approved Measure 91, which legalized the possession and use of marijuana for adult (21+) recreational use.

State law gives the county the authority to adopt reasonable regulations for marijuana-related businesses in unincorporated Deschutes County.

The county is working to develop and adopt local regulations by the end of 2015, before the Oregon Liquor Control Commission starts accepting applications for marijuana-related business licenses in January.

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