The Waldport City Council determined several weeks ago it did not want to place a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries in their town, but they did want to establish rules and regulations on dispensary operations that may improve upon what the state legislature recently added to state law.
Mayor Susan Woodruff says there are a number of Waldport area residents who rely on marijuana prescriptions to relieve a number of long and short term medical challenges and that a moratorium would simply make it more difficult for them to obtain their medicine. Mayor Woodruff said the council has had preliminary discussions surrounding tax revenues to the city from the sale of the plant but as far as she’s concerned, she’s leaning toward letting the state collect those tax monies. Once collected, the state would then subvent some of those funds back to the cities and counties just like they already do on sales of tobacco and alcohol.
Also discussed was the announcement that City Councilor Pauline Gates has applied to the state to own and operate a medical marijuana dispensary of her own in Waldport. It would be set-up in a small building just to the north of her well known Waldport Flea Market near the south end of the downtown. Having made her announcement, Gates won’t be having much officially to say about the establishment of medical marijuana outlets in Waldport since she’s going to need to obtain a business license as well as a state operating license for her own dispensary.
Mayor Woodruff said there is another applicant to establish a medical marijuana dispensary in the area – but it’s just outside the south city limits. It involves a small, empty commercial building on the west side of 101, immediately south of the little coffee drive-thru at Range and Highway 101. She said the applicant is in the county’s jurisdiction so he cannot open until the county lifts its moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries.
However, Mayor Woodruff said the city is discussing possible annexation of the land the applicant’s building sits on. Woodruff noted that the property is right up against the city limits, so the annexation would not create an island outside the city limits.