Mistake leaves retail marijuana info out of voters' pamphlet
Sherwood voters will soon be sent a supplemental Washington County Voters' Pamphlet after Washington County officials inadvertently left information out regarding an upcoming election asking voters if they'll allow recreational marijuana facilities in that city.
"The information missing in the full Voters' Pamphlet is for City of Sherwood Measure 34-299 which, if approved, would allow for recreational marijuana facilities, adopts land use regulations, and designates taxes," Lisa DuPre', a Washington County spokesperson, stated in a news release. "The inadvertent error was discovered when, after the Voters' Pamphlet was posted on the Washington County Elections website, the Sherwood City Recorder contacted the Elections Office asking where the information was for Sherwood Measure 34-299."
The pamphlet contains eight arguments in favor of allowing recreational marijuana facilities to locate in Sherwood with no arguments in opposition. Under the ballot proposal, taxes from marijuana sales would go for public safety.
The Washington County Elections Office will send the supplemental Voters' Pamphlet to the households of Sherwood's 13,000 registered voters. Those who don't receive a copy can visit the Voters' Pamphlet web page at washcovotes.org.
This will be the third request to allow recreational marijuana sales and facilities in Sherwood since Oregon voters approved its use in 2014. Residents turned down similar measures in both 2016 and 2017.
If passed, the measure would only permit locations in industrial zones of the city.
Currently, the sale of recreational marijuana is permitted in the cities of Newberg and King City. Tualatin, which allows recreational marijuana sales but currently has no retail dispensaries, is in the process of loosening up its requirements on where those facilities could be located.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story misspelled the name of the Washington County spokesperson. Her name is Lisa DuPre'. The story has been corrected.
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