Until recently the tiny town of Sisters, Oregon was not ready to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to operate within city limits. In November, twelve hundred voters in this mountain town will reconsider that decision because of a large demand for medical marijuana by citizens.
Currently, the nearest medical marijuana dispensary is twenty-two miles away in Bend, Oregon. Medical marijuana patients living in Sisters have realized that they would rather be able to obtain medicine in their home town than drive forty minutes to get it. Measure 9-101 can change that.
Sisters, Oregon City Council President, McKibben Womack told KLCC News,
“Proponents are saying we want it because then we don’t have to travel to Bend. Obviously there are those who are in pain and say this is the only thing that works. Those who are against– their big concerns are our children.”
If Measure 9-101 passes in November, the city council will be responsible for establishing regulations to respond to the concerns of the marijuana ending up in the hands of children. Any dispensary, of course, will still have to follow the state imposed guidelines for operation which include strict rules for location in proximity to schools, residential neighborhoods and the like.
More and more Americans are being introduced to the benefits of medical marijuana, and how much it is helping to relieve symptoms of those suffering from debilitating medical conditions throughout the world. For this same reason, it is likely that more districts throughout the state may revisit original decisions against medical marijuana dispensaries.
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