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Carlton City Ordinance to Restrict Medical Marijuana Grows NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Monday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m.; location: Carlton City Hall, 191 East Main Street, the Carlton City Council held a public hearing regarding a proposed ordinance amending the Carlton Municipal Code to establish regulations and permit requirements relating to production of medical marijuana, adopting permit application criteria and procedures, providing for security and safety and establishing enforcement, violations and penalty provisions. Carlton City Council left the public comment period open until April 4th for written testimony regarding the municipal ordinace to require card holders to apply for and receive a city permit in conjunction with their state permits. The next council meeting and work session will be April 9th. The State of Oregon allows for and regulates the legal production and cultivation of medical marijuana and cities may provide for additional local regulation concerning its production and cultivation to ensure that it is done in a manner that meets the health, safety and welfare of City residents and property owners.

Persons wishing to participate in the public hearing process may appear in person or by representative at the dates and times listed. Written comments may also be submitted by mailing information to 191 E. Main Street, Carlton, OR 97111. A copy of the draft ordinance is available for inspection at the City Hall located at 191 E. Main Street between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. For further information, please contact City Hall at (503) 852-7575 -or- click > here <

The city of Carlton (NW of McMinnville, in Yamhill County) is holding more hearings regarding a proposed ordinance which would restrict the ability of patients and their providers who cultivate medical cannabis.

Zigzagman in McMinnville brought this to my attention a few weeks ago. I contacted the city attorney to discuss the possibility of amendments. I shared the ordinance with Brian Michaels, Paul Loney, John Lucy, IV, Todd Dalotto and ACLU-Oregon's Legal Counsel, Kevin Diaz. Subsequently some of us had a telephone conference and discussed Paul's specific concerns and research Brian had previously conducted on the legal issues involved. The consensus of our group was to not assist in drafting the ordinance and, thankfully, ACLU agreed to take the lead with the city of Carlton. Attached are:

    * a news article regarding the last city council hearing, here;
    * the Ordinance as originally proposed, here;
    * the Ordinance as amended (specific changes are shown on a link from the web page giving notice of the hearing. I have not carefully compared that version with the one attached , but at least superficially, they seem to be the same), here;
    * ACLU's letter to the City Council, here

In speaking with the City Attorney, it is clear to me that this is intended as a model ordinance, intended to be replicated in other communities. The city attorney shared that it is derived from one proposed by the League of Oregon Cities (their website here: www.orcities.org). Additionally, the city attorney for Carlton is also the City Attorney for other cities in Yamhill County.

A good turnout of those in opposition (especially, but not only, those who live in Carlton and in Yamhill County) could help nip this effort in the bud, so to speak. Please share this Action Item widely,

Lee Berger,
Portland
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Hya Lee and all,

I see that we need to nip this in the bud but I also see it is past time to meet with these people and draft some REAL regs that respect the issues brought up by the community and to find real solutions. The head in the sand approach we currently are using will prove to be our downfall. Check out regs for a community like arcata sometime. Regs are the only way we will keep a program. If we don't help write them we will be sorry.

peace, Caleb
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Caleb,

I thought so too, which is why I first contacted him. Upon reading the proposed ordinance, and discussing it with others, it became readily apparent that their purpose is not to address legitimate community concerns, but instead to fan the flames of opposition to the OMMA. OMMA is the law statewide, whether the City of Carlton likes it or not.

Lee B.,
Portland
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Lee and others,

For your review, I've attached ASA's Medical Cannabis Dispensing Collectives & Local Regulations workbook. I hope this helps.

Jim
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In the News - http://www.theweedblog.com/oregon-town-looks-to-make-growing-medical-marijuana-more-difficult/
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Carlton City Council left the public comment period open until April 4th for written testimony regarding the municipal ordinace to require card holders to apply for and receive a city permit in conjunction with their state permits. The next council meeting and work session will be April 9th. Written testimony from the ACLU was entered into the record which also included some reference material pertaining to said written testimony. Most public testimony pertained to the financial burden this ordinance may place on the city as it will surely be challenged and there would be no guarantee that the City County Insurance System would cover the cost of any such litigation. There was some public comment on personal the privacy issue as well as pre-emption, constitutionality, etc. Further discussion illuminated, in my opinion, a subtle desire to table the whole damn thing and send a proposal via League of Oregon Cities to the legislature for statutory changes to the OMMA to address overall concerns. Council members were instructed however, to print out and read the OMMA before next meeting and submit any suggestions they may have for amendments or further action at the next council meeting.

This process will probably go on in Carlton for a few more months as an ordinance of this nature is generally problematic and hard to implement free from legal challenges. I think in the end it will slowly wither on the vine in its current form if not completely. There was some discussion as to streamlining the ordinance to meet a very narrow criteria pertaining to a cities responisbility to protect and ensure the safety and welfare of its citizens thereby limiting future legal challenges but this is high legalese and tricky at best. The issues still remains one of compliance regarding OMMA limitations on manufacture and possesion limits and mnanufacturing criteria, and granting law enforcement limited access to addresses of registered card holders. This also remains an issue with "the list" at the state level as well.

Finally, I will try to keep abreast of Carlton's further deliberations and /or actions and report back. P.S. Perhaps it is time that we begin a statewide project whereby we put together a group that sets some timeframes for submission of legislative proposals that make us proactive regarding our own law rather than inactive. There are many avenues for legislative reform. It could be as simple as a one word ammendment to an existing statute that would clear the way for better statutory protection for medical marijuana users and providers. Nonetheless, a legislative package should be ready by say end of September. (One avenue is pre-session filing) That's six months and I think it can be done.

I am committed to making this happen and am currently working on several proposals that may generate some interest. I would welcome any suggestions for legislation, (keep them brief, one page, bulletted), or suggested strategies. I will also be working on a proposed legislative agenda that could be discussed statewide as the "movements" official legislative position and agenda that everyone can help support.

AT
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Tell everybody you know Carlton City Council left the public comment period open until April 4th for written testimony regarding the municipal ordinace to require card holders to apply for and receive a city permit in conjunction with their state permits. The next council meeting and work session will be April 9th. The State of Oregon allows for and regulates the legal production and cultivation of medical marijuana and cities may provide for additional local regulation concerning its production and cultivation to ensure that it is done in a manner that meets the health, safety and welfare of City residents and property owners.

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Persons wishing to participate in the public hearing process may appear in person or by representative at the dates and times listed. Written comments may also be submitted by mailing information to 191 E. Main Street, Carlton, OR 97111. A copy of the draft ordinance is available for inspection at the City Hall located at 191 E. Main Street between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. For further information, please contact City Hall at (503) 852-7575 -or- click > here <


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Just been collecting my thoughts, got back to Portland from Carlton a little while ago. I want to start off by saying thank you to AT for his detailed and accurate recap of the hearing. I think today was a victory, and I'm relieved the Ordinance wasn't passed. From my perspective, the City Council seemed dissuaded from passing the Ordinance due to the threatened ACLU lawsuit, and also due to the hearty public showing against the Ordinance. My gut tells me that the City will not end up passing the Ordinance at the next hearing. However, it's still "on the table."

As AT suggested, the City Attorney and Mayor brought up pursuing a strategy of amending the OMMA with support from the League of Oregon Cities, in order to address their concerns regarding public safety (keeping mmj out of the hands of children), public nuisance ("the offensive smell"), and garden compliance enforcement. I had a chat with the City Attorney and Police Chief after the hearing, and they notified me that the next hearing on April 5th should attract a lot of media attention, so a good turnout by the movement would be quite beneficial. And as AT mentioned, the City Council will also be accepting written comments on the Ordinance, so write away.

There was only one member of the public that testified in favor of passing the ordinance, and everyone else that testified in the small, packed building was against it. We were even backed up by Elmer Dickens, a Senior Attorney from Washington County, familiar to us as the opposing counsel from the *Willis *CHL case. Mr. Dickens warned the City against proceeding with the ordinance, in light of the fact that the City had drawn the attention of the ACLU and NORML, and that a lawsuit contesting the validity of the ordinance could come with a potential price-tag of over a million bucks, which the small city wouldn't be able to afford. As AT mentioned, the City Council was clearly unfamiliar with the language of the OMMA and the administrative rules, which provide adequate safeguards and procedures to address their concerns. For one, the City Council seemed largely unaware of the procedures that law enforcement may follow to access the OMMP registries to confirm that a grow is registered and compliant with state law, and that local police may obtain a search warrant through the courts as necessary if they have probable cause that crime is afoot, etc. I told the Chief of Police, and the City Council to contact the Multnomah County Sheriff's Department for advice and training regarding proper enforcement of the OMMA.

The Ordinance's specific permitting requirements entailed a grow-site limit of 200 sq. feet per patient/caregiver card, 10 foot limit for height, and a mmj production lighting limit of 4800 watts per grow. The requirements for the issuance of a permit through the Ordinance were so unduly restrictive because they were composed under the City Council's mistaken belief that lawful gardens must be limited to 6 mature plants & 18 starts, which is not even close to the legal limit! ( i.e. that an individual grower may maintain a garden that stacks 4 patient/primary caregiver cards for a total of 24 matures is clearly contemplated as legal within the framework of the OMMA, pursuant to 475.320 subsection 2.)

Another legal issue addressed was the authority of the city to pass the ordinance at all, due to either state or federal preemption. When I testified I carried with me the recent California Appellate decision *Pack v. City of Long Beach*, which stands for the proposition that: "to the extent that a City Ordinance permits and regulates medical marijuana rather than merely decriminalizing specific acts, the Ordinance is preempted by Federal law." This case, along with at least two others from the recent crackdown on California's dispensaries are on their way to the California Supreme Court, and will likely be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court thereafter. Notably, our side in the *Pack* decision relies heavily on the rule and reasoning from Lee Berger and John Lucy's recent landmark Oregon Supreme Court victory, *Willis v. Winters. *I urged the City Council to let the California court system work through the City Ordinance/Permitting issue, and save all of us the costs of litigation. Regarding state preemption legal issues, you'd want to talk to one of the MMJ attorneys, either Lee, Brian, John, or Paul.

Addressing AT's last point, I agree that we need to speak with one voice regarding our demands for legal change. As Lincoln said, "A house divided against itself cannot stand." Too often we debate particulars amongst ourselves, forgetting that we face a strong, united, and well-funded, industrial-strength opposition. We need to loosen ourselves from our entrenched positions, realize that we are on the same team, and work democratically and neutrally through a representative body to achieve consensus. I like the idea of Sajo's Super P.A.C. We cannot afford to let "the perfect" be the enemy of "the good" any longer, or we will miss the window of opportunity of this election year. The political winds will not blow in our favor like they are this year possibly ever again. If we fail to appreciate the opportunity knocking in 2012, we will face a reality where we will see the OMMP go the way of Montana's once thriving medical marijuana program, may it rest in peace.

The best way to protect patients and safe access is to legalize. We're going to get our asses handed to us sooner than later if we don't seize the opportunities of 2012. We need to build momentum, and ensure that CSLE and OCTA make the ballot. I say we focus on changing the "no consideration" language of OMMA for starters, so farmers can be paid, patients can access medicine, patient resource centers can keep their lights on, and everyone can pay their bills and provide for themselves and their families. We need to hammer out a framework that is fair for all stakeholders, and make sure that nobody is thrown under the bus when the time comes for the legislature to develop a commercial framework. It's time we adapted to pragmatism, and the reality of the situation that we are in, acknowledging that as human beings we may be self-interested, and that what we see as truth flows only from our relative, subjective perspective. This doesn't make other people better or worse than us, it only means that they have to deal with different shit.

None of us should have to live and work on a purely volunteer/pro bono basis. Money is our greatest weakness, as individuals, and collectively. As a movement we fail to appreciate it's usefulness to us in terms of reforming the law, and fail to appreciate how much more difficult we make our own lives and the lives of our fellow freedom fighters by viewing the dollar so deviously. I think that if we change the 'no consideration' language, the movement will be a lot more cooperative and compassionate with each other, and a lot more productive at making change. Alright, I think that's plenty for now.

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