The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners is moving forward to adopt an ordinance to set a moratorium at least until May 1, 2015, on the operation of medical marijuana dispensaries.

During the first public hearing April 3, County Chairman John Ludlow clarified that the proposed ordinance would only affect facilities in unincorporated Clackamas County, and Commissioner Paul Savas made sure that current medical marijuana facilities and cardholders wouldn’t be affected.

The second hearing will be held during the Board of Commissioners Business Meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Road, Oregon City.

People who would like to make written comments may do so by 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, to Clackamas County Planning & Zoning, Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, OR 97045 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-742-4500.

The board is acting quickly in response to a new state law that gives local governments the option to impose a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries if they adopt an ordinance by May 1. The law also states that the moratorium can remain in effect up to May 1, 2015, unless it is extended by the state Legislature.

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