Council extends marijuana business hours by two hours
The Newberg City Council approved extending hours of operations for retail and medical marijuana dispensaries in the city at its Oct. 15 meeting.
Community Development Director Doug Rux told the council that current hours of operation for medical and retail marijuana operations are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and the request was to extend that an additional two hours from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. He added that the changes were endorsed by the planning commission.
Anthony Stuart, an attorney representing Western Oregon Dispensary Inc., said the company submitted the initial request to extend retail operations in April. The company owns a retail facility on Springbrook Road and has also applied for the edible production facility next door.
The change required an update to the city code. The application submitted states most other surrounding towns have later cutoff times, with the majority of them closing at 10 p.m. The application states there have been no noise complaints about the Western Oregon Dispensary to date, so extending the cutoff for two hours would not impact noise. It also states that an additional two hours will contribute more toward increased revenue for these businesses, and thereby increased tax revenue for the city.
Stuart said he has not heard of any criminal activities at the retail facility.
He added that the only time his client has ever had to deal with police was when officers asked to see surveillance footage shot by their cameras when investigating potentially illegal activity at the nearby Jack in the Box restaurant. Due to the high level of surveillance at the dispensary, the police asked to see the footage in case it could help their investigation, he said.
Stuart said this move to extend the hours of operation would be particularly helpful in the summer, when the days are longer and people tend to stay out later.
Councilors voted to waive a second reading and approved the measure on a 6-1 vote, with Stephen McKinney casting the lone nay vote.
In other business, the council:
Heard an annual report from the Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce. CEO Shannon Buckmaster said the Chamber will no longer be receiving $2,500 from Dundee's transient lodging taxes. The funds would have gone towards destination marketing.
The Newberg Historical Society is asking for the city's help in installing eight historical markers around the city in the spring. Representative Barbara Doyle said the markers will be outside historical locations around the city, with depictions of what they used to look like. She said they are only asking for the city's help in installing them.