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)

Yes to pot sales? Oregon counties may quash bans

PORTLAND — Two Oregon counties might rescind bans on marijuana production and sales — which are allowed by state law — during Oregon’s primary election on Tuesday.

Update: Two Oregon counties vote ‘no’ to pot sales and cultivation

The ballot measures are taking place in Klamath and Grant counties. Grant County Judge Scott Myers noted that the proponents of the measure named it 12-58, the same radio call sign used by some law enforcement bodies for narcotics activity.

Myers said last week that he would be more than surprised if it passes in the largely conservative county in eastern Oregon.

Shortly after Oregon voters decided to legalize marijuana, the state allowed cities and counties to ban marijuana production and sales where at least 55 percent of voters opposed legalization. Over 100 cities and counties have since “opted out,” according to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

Proponents of Measure 12-58 said that under Oregon law, medical and personal marijuana use, home cultivation of four plants and the transfer, without money, of one ounce of marijuana between individuals are still allowed in Grant County. They said that by banning commercial marijuana production and retail sales, the county is losing out on economic benefits.

In Klamath County, Measure 18-105 would require the county to allow “state-approved licenses, allowing medical dispensaries, retail farms and retail sales to conduct business.”