A list of cities and counties banning recreation marijuana sales in their cities or unincorporated areas of their counties beginning October 1st
Although there are sure to be more cities, and perhaps a few more counties, whose elected officials will outlaw marijuana growing, processing and sales in their area (including Lincoln City), the tally so far is 14 cities (5.8% of cities) statewide, and 5 counties (13.8% of counties) statewide.
Although some city councils and county commissions contend that their bans reflect an absence of rules being brought forth by the Oregon Health Authority as to time, place and manner of those sales, the OHA has already issued draft regulations for public review. OHA officials promise that a version of those rules will be in place by October 1st, the day that medical marijuana dispensaries are allowed to begin selling recreational marijuana.
An often heard criticism of the sales bans is that residents in ban-enacted areas will still purchase recreational marijuana from “someone,” and that “someone” will be black market sellers who will take over the “local market” – the exact thing that those enacting the ban say they don’t want in their communities. On the flip side of that argument is a widely accepted assumption that black marketers of marijuana will continue to operate – even in areas without a ban, selling illegal product cheaper than legitimate sellers.