LA GRANDE — Rona Lindsey, owner of HWY30 Cannabis in La Grande, filed a ballot title for city residents to consider repealing the local laws banning marijuana-related businesses.
Lindsey filed the ballot title Tuesday. That was the first step for the matter to reach voters’ ballots during the Nov. 3 election.
The title refers to La Grande ordinances 3227 and 3228, series 2015. No. 3227 prohibits sales of limited marijuana retail products from medical marijuana dispensaries, and No. 3228 bans medical marijuana processing sites and dispensaries and recreational marijuana producers, processors, wholesalers and retailers. Lifting the bans will allow the sale of those products and allow these types of business within La Grande’s city limits.
HWY30 Cannabis, a medical marijuana dispensary, is operational under the bans because its application for approval from the city came before the bans went into effect.
Residents of La Grande have until March 12 at 5 p.m. to file a petition in objection to the title. Petitions must be filed with the Union County Circuit Court and name city attorney Wyatt Baum as the respondent. Residents also can object to the constitutionality of the ballot. In either case, petitioners must inform the city’s election office about the petition by 5 p.m. the following business day.
If there are no objections, the circulation process for the ballot measure begins. Lindsey must provide documentation about the issue to the city council. Upon approval by the council, Lindsey can begin to collect the 1,280 signatures she needs.
If she meets these requirements, the city can taken one of three options: accept the repeal and lift the bans; refer the matter to voters on the Nov. 3 ballot; or come up with different stipulations to go on the ballot.
The deadline for the decision is Aug. 5.