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  • Council to discuss marijuana dispensary rules

    Marijuana sales tax also on the agenda
  • The Ashland City Council is scheduled to adopt regulations governing medical marijuana dispensaries and to consider a sales tax on marijuana during a Tuesday meeting.
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  • The Ashland City Council is scheduled to adopt regulations governing medical marijuana dispensaries and to consider a sales tax on marijuana during a Tuesday meeting.
    The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Ashland Civic Center Council Chambers, 1175 E. Main St.
    The council could allow dispensaries in certain sections of commercial, employment and industrial zones with a buffer zone to separate them from residential districts. Dispensaries would not be allowed downtown.
    Other regulations under consideration include restricting operating hours to between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., banning the on-site use of marijuana and tobacco, and barring people from operating, owning or financing dispensaries if they have been convicted of the manufacture or delivery of drugs once in the past five years or twice in their lives.
    State law already requires dispensaries to be located at least 1,000 feet from schools and each other.
    The council also will consider adopting a 5 percent sales tax on medical marijuana and a 10 percent sales tax on recreational marijuana. Oregon voters may see a measure on the November ballot that would legalize recreational marijuana. Medical marijuana is legal under certain conditions.
    In other business Tuesday night, the council will hear an update on city efforts to prepare for summer drought and Planning Commission recommendations to regulate tourist rentals in residential zones if the council decides to allow that practice.
    The Planning Commission recommendations include that short-term rentals to tourists in residential zones be limited to owner-occupied homes, the tourist accommodation be attached or within the home, kitchen facilities should not be provided and a conditional use permit be obtained.
    Ashland has an ongoing issue with illegal tourist lodging being offered in its residential zones. Websites that connect travelers with homeowners have made it easier for people to rent out their homes to tourists for short stays.
    For a complete list of meeting agenda items and for details on each item, visit http://www.ashland.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=16393.
    Staff reporter Vickie Aldous can be reached at 541-776-4486 or valdous@mailtribune.com. Follow her at www.twitter.com/VickieAldous.
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