Marijuana dispensaries are still illegal within Redmond city limits. But the city council is already moving ahead on creating regulations for where they can be located, in case that changes.
Mayor George Endicott said he asked city staff to draft dispensary regulations, despite the marijuana outlets being illegal in Redmond, as he believes the federal government will legalize the drug nationwide soon.
Redmond city code forbids giving business licenses to companies that violate federal or state law, and marijuana is still illegal federally, despite being allowed within Oregon.
“If the feds legalize marijuana, then guess what? We no longer have a prohibition against giving them a business license,” Endicott told The Bulletin. “Then it’s, where do you put a marijuana business?”
Redmond city staff drafted a series of dispensary regulations ahead of the meeting, which will be discussed by city councilors Tuesday. These proposed regulations — which can be found at the Redmond City Council website — include not allowing marijuana businesses in residential zones. These businesses must be further than 250 feet away from any publicly-owned facility like a park, transit center or day care facility, and more than 1,000 feet of a school or another marijuana business, the proposed regulations state.