After considerable back and forth on the issue of marijuana sales in Lincoln County (located outside city limits) the county commissioners seem to have accepted legalizing such operations among 386 parcels spanning 690 acres – “which should be enough,” – said one of the commissioners. Of course if the rule is that none of those outlets can be located within 1,000 feet of each other, the numbers of outlets will literally be few and far between. Commissioners also commented that there are a good number of marijuana outlets already available inside city limits up and down the Lincoln County coastline – so there is no shortage of outlets for marijuana shopping.
Commissioners said they can accept marijuana outlets within Industrial Park (IP) zones, even at South Beach, even though many of them are within 1,000 feet of a state park. They said most tourists don’t frequent industrial parks so there shouldn’t be a problem.
However, there was more discussion about commercial zones and the controversial “Commercial Tourist” zone. There are lots of kids wandering about Commercial Tourist zones. Commissioners weren’t too keen on that part of it.
So – the commissioners tentatively approved IP zones and said they’ll review it all again shortly to consider “regular commercial” zones. Until they make their final, FINAL decision, marijuana is still not authorized for sale in stores in areas outside city limits. Meanwhile, it is legal for citizens to grow up to four plants and possess up to a certain amount of marijuana in their travels about the county. That’s protected by state law.