A Medford City Councilor in Medford, Ore. -- a town known for its tough stance on marijuana legalization -- has opened his own marijuana dispensary. (AAron Ontiveroz, Denver Post file)

A political pot shop: Oregon city councilor gets into the game

In Medford, a town known for a 'tough stance' on legal marijuana, the council member now grows it and sells it, and says he will recuse himself from voting on future weed issues

MEDFORD, Ore. — A member of the Medford City Council, known for its tough stance on legalized marijuana, has opened his own pot dispensary.

The Mail-Tribune says Oregon city councilor Clay Bearnson is believed to be the first city councilor in Oregon to own a cannabis dispensary, though that could not immediately confirmed by the Oregon Health Authority.

Bearnson and his partners opened Oregon Farmacy within Medford city limits two weeks ago. He also grows pot, some of which is dispensed at his new store.

Dispensaries within city limits currently sell medical marijuana only, but voters in November will decide whether to allow recreational sales of pot, which was legalized by Ballot Measure 91 in 2014.

Bearnson, who took office in 2014, has been criticized for voting on pot issues before the council. He says he plans to recuse himself from voting on the issue in the future now that he has a license to dispense marijuana.

Information from: Mail Tribune