MINUTES FOR THE STUDY SESSION
ASHLAND CITY COUNCIL
Monday, June 2, 2014
Siskiyou Room, 51 Winburn Way
Mayor Stromberg called the meeting to order at 5:32 p.m. in the Siskiyou Room.
Councilor Voisin, Morris, and Marsh were present. Councilor Lemhouse was absent. Councilor Rosenthal arrived at 5:37. Councilor Slattery arrived at 5:43 p.m.
1. Look Ahead review
City Administrator Dave Kanner reviewed items on the Look Ahead.
2. Discussion of time, place, and manner restrictions for marijuana dispensaries
City Attorney Dave Lohman explained the Planning Commission would bring an ordinance to the June 17, 2014 from a land use perspective. Mr. Lohman planned to bring another ordinance regarding Time Place and Manner as well. Items like hours of operation did not need be in a land use ordinance. He clarified the ordinance pertained to medical marijuana only.
The draft ordinance would require annual permits for medical marijuana dispensaries, certification the dispensary had registered with the state, and a City business license. Other requirements included certification the dispensary met City land use requirements, current fees, and taxes paid. Section 7 of the ordinance would require background checks from the operator, any employees, or persons and entities providing debt financing. Permit conditions would prohibit permits to someone convicted of drug related activity more than once in the past five years or twice in the past ten years.
Council was concerned regarding the prior criminal activity restrictions and thought permit conditions should align with liquor store requirements. Mr. Lohman would bring back a provision leaving out employees, and include people providing financing. Council suggested removing the accounting portion of the ordinance and moving forward with a taxing mechanism. Mr. Kanner had a taxation ordinance already drafted. Staff could add language to Section 6 Permit Conditions (H) to require dispensaries provide that information on demand by the police. Council wanted to know causes and effects and thought staff should base the ordinance on Colorado and Washington.
Mr. Lohman noted the ordinance would also prohibit making oils with butane at the dispensary and the need to address potency. He would make improvements to the ordinance and send it to Council.
3. Continued discussion of draft Council goals
Council discussed scheduling either July 11, 2014 or August 1, 2014 to continue draft Council goals.
Meeting adjourned at 6:37 p.m.
Assistant to the City Recorder