The City Council on April 15th passed an ordinance imposing a temporary, limited moratorium on medical marijuana facilities. It is limited in that it applies only in designated areas of town.
The operation of any medical marijuana facility is temporarily prohibited on any lot which is in the E-1 (employment district) zone, except for parcels in E-1 zones that abut arterial streets, and any location in the C-1-D (downtown commercial overlay district) zone. Dispensaries are permitted in any C-1 (commercial) or M-1 (industrial) zone. By state law, dispensaries are not allowed in residential zones. Click here to view the zoning map: http://www.ashland.or.us/Files/zoning_map.pdf
This moratorium went into in effect March 1, 2014 and is in effect through May 2015, unless rescinded earlier by the City Council. This allows time for the City Council to determine what permanent restrictions, if any, should apply to medical marijuana facilities in Ashland. The Planning Commission has already begun discussions of what those restrictions should be and is expected to forward a recommendation to the Council in late May or early June. In addition to restrictions that might be imposed by the City, state law requires that dispensaries by located more than 1,000 feet from any public or private elementary, secondary or career school and at least 1,000 feet from any other dispensary. Click here to review Planning Commission minutes and agendas related to this subject:http://www.ashland.or.us/Agendas.asp?SectionID=0&CCBID=198.