(See correction below on a Lincoln County medical marijuana dispensary’s location – it IS in a tourist commercial zone according to the owner and there is a yellow designated “tourist commercial zone designation proximate to their location at 41 Olalla Road. We simply misread the map. We regret the error.)
The Lincoln County Planning Commission wasted little time in answering the call from their County Commissioners on what regulations might be placed on a medical marijuana dispensary selling recreational marijuana starting October 1st. The state has authorized the sale of recreational marijuana by dispensaries starting in about six weeks in an effort to beat back the marijuana black market. Black Market sellers are expected to swoop in and sell even more illicit marijuana than is already on the street if there are no legal outlets in any given area.
The county planning commission kept it simple:
1. Any dispensary must be located within a Tourist Commercial land use zone.
Those zones are located in South Beach (Newport), Seal Rock, Lincoln Beach and between Waldport and Yachats.
2. Any dispensary cannot be located within 1,000 feet of a school or a park.
3. An exemption from #2 is the South Beach (Newport) Industrial Zone (IP), most of which is within 1,000 feet of South Beach State Park. The reasoning was that the Industrial Zone is appropriate for the industrial growing, processing and packaging marijuana.
The planning commission recommendations are now being forwarded to the county commission for their consideration. They are, of course, free to change or add regulations of their own if they want to.
The October 1st deadline is not that far off. If approved, medical marijuana dispensaries would be allowed to sell not only medical marijuana outside city limits of the county, but also recreation marijuana in certain quantities to the public until the Oregon Liquor Control Commission formally adopts regulations of their own as to how Recreation-only marijuana will be sold. Those regulations are still being debated and formulated by OLCC commissioners. It is anticipated those regulations would announced and put into effect sometime after the first of the year.
At the moment there are no legal medical marijuana dispensaries operating in the unincorporated areas of Lincoln County although one such facility had been operating for a time under a state license. However, with that state license is a a rule that says all medical marijuana dispensaries must comply with local city and county land use regulations. In the unincorporated areas of Lincoln County, dispensaries are recommended to be limited to “Tourist Commercial and Industrial (IP)” zones. A phone call from the medical dispensary claimed they are in a tourist commercial zone. NewsLincolnCounty.com regrets the error. We simply misread the map.