On Wednesday, Jan. 17, the Columbia County Board of Commmissioners held a public hearing regarding marijuana land uses. The commissioners are looking into prohibiting the growth and sale of marijuana in rural residential zones.
Residents that showed up told their opinions to commissioners Margaret Magruder and Henry Heimuller. Treasurer, Alex Tardif was not present due to a Health and Justice Conference in Tennessee.
Since recreational marijuana became legal in Oregon in 2015, Columbia County has processed 45 marijuana applications; 41 marijuana grow operations, 3 retail operations and one processing application.
Now, the commissioners have a legislative proposal to make a decision on, amending provisions in section 1803, after their adoption of the Marijuana Land Use Ordinance in November 2015. A staff report based on the experiences of the Land Development Services and the Planning Commission specifies additional standards proposed, prohibiting marijuana growing and producing operations in the rural residential zone (RR-5) and land use requirements for authorized marijuana land uses operating in unincorporated areas of Columbia County.
Glen Higgins, the Planning