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Feb 2016

Drugs and Local Government – National Trends for January 2016

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The January Legislative Activity Report showed that 1,146 organizations held 1,331 meetings with 444 agenda items matching or related to the term “Drug.” These topics ranged from taxation on medical marijuana sales to building drug abuse and addiction rehab facilities. There were several listings that were flagged for drugs but they were not related to drug use, addiction, treatment, taxation, or sales. Several of the drug related agenda items are listed and discussed here.

Map of nationally trending drugs in January 2016

Keizer, Oregon
January 4, 2016

MarijuanaOrdinance Adopting the Keizer Marijuana Retailer Permit Process

The City Council of Keizer met on December 7, 2015 and passed the ordinance for the marijuana retailer permit process, amended by prohibiting edibles. It was not unanimous so it was brought before the Council for a second Reading. The Ordinance was created to reduce any adverse public health and public safety impacts that could occur as a result of allowing Marijuana Retailers to operate in the city. It outlines various requirements including place, time, and manner, as well as providing guidelines for the Marijuana retailer permitting process.

On January 11, 2016, the ordinance failed to be voted in by a 5 to 2 vote. Immediately after the vote failed, councilor Brandon Smith proposed and amended version of the ordinance: the removal of a single sentence. When “The marijuana retailer shall have no marijuana in edible form” was removed from the ordinance, the amended version was passed 5 to 2.

Natick, Massachusetts
January 26, 2016

Natick Police Strategic Plan

In developing their strategic plan for FY 2016, the Natick Police Department recognized an “increase in the effects of the and heroin epidemic” in the community. Police have been able to link crimes other than overdose and death – such as larcenies and motor vehicle break ins – to drug addiction and abuse. The strategic plan calls for an aggressive approach in investigating the crimes, citing that drug activity prevention is a crucial factor in these efforts. It also called for the police department to work closely with citizen’s groups that are aimed at combating drug abuse and addiction in the area.

 


Sweet Home, Oregon
January 19, 2016

Samaritan Health to convert Wiley Creek Community to a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility

alcoholThe Sweet Home City Council met to discuss the conversion of a retirement home into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility. Samaritan Health, the company that runs the retirement home, Wiley Creek Community, and proposed the change, was in attendance. There had been a great deal of uproar in the community regarding the change as residents were informed that they would have to find somewhere else to live and the staff was told they would have to find other jobs.

The Council acknowledged that there is a need for a drug rehab facility in Sweet Home or at least Linn County. After analysis of the area and the facility’s needs, the Councilor Mahler stated that Sweet Home lacked the infrastructure in place to support what Samaritan Health wanted or needed.

In response to the community outrage, Samaritan Health withdrew its proposal and Wiley Creek Community will remain a retirement center. Councilor Hobbs expressed approval that Wiley Creek will remain open. He also asked if Sweet Home had any other locations that were available and appropriate for an alcohol and drug rehabilitation facility. Samaritan Health responded that the company owned property and they were reviewing that as potential sites.

Several council members expressed concern that there needed to be better communication between Sweet Home and Samaritan Health. It was proposed that a committee be formed to facilitate that.

Gresham, Oregon
January 5, 2016

Decision: Taxation and Regulation of Medical and Recreational Marijuana Businesses

Medical and Recreational Marijuana

Photo by Neeta Lind

In November 2014, the City of Gresham established a tax on the transfer or sale of marijuana and marijuana infused products. The tax rate was set at 5% for medical marijuana dispensaries and 10% for retailers of recreational marijuana.

The Oregon Legislature adopted a bill in 2015 only allowing a tax of 3% on the sale of marijuana items by a marijuana retailer. The Council amended the bill to impose the 3% tax as stipulated by the state legislation. This was only for the recreational marijuana retailer, though, so the staff has recommended lowering the 5% sales tax on medical marijuana to 3% so that it matches the recreational marijuana.

There were a number of changes made to the bill itself including terminology. For instance, Medical Marijuana Facility was changed to Medical Marijuana Dispensary. The bill was approved and the enactment reading was held on January 19, 2016 at the Gresham City Council meeting.

 

Sources:

https://imageserv11.team-logic.com/mediaLibrary/2034/01-04-16_1.pdf
http://keizertimes.com/2016/01/12/marijuana-retailer-rules-passed-after-a-change/
http://www.sweet-home.or.us/DocumentCenter/View/3473

 

Featured Photo by Jonathan Rolande

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