TD Council Passes First Reading Of Marijuana Ordinance After Hearing Full Text

By a 4-1 vote, The Dalles City Council approved the first reading of a time, place, and manner ordinance for the processing, production, retailing, and wholesaling of recreational marijuana, but not before one councilor voted against the reading of the ordinance by title only, leading to the twelve-page document being read in its entirety.  Councilor Dan Spatz said because he opposed the ordinance as presented, due to support of municipal planning commission recommendations for distances from daycares and churches not in the document, he couldn’t support voting in favor of it by title only.  He also cited the oath he took when he became a Councilor to uphold the federal law, adding marijuana is still illegal according to the federal government, so he considered a yes vote in direct conflict with that.  Spatz added he was glad the ordinance was read in full, because it brought out questions that could bring improvements.  The ordinance will come back for a second reading in September, and Spatz says he will ask for a full reading again.

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