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Dispensaries can deliver marijuana in Roseburg city limits, officials say

The council determined delivery is not against city codes.

Posted: Jan 28, 2020 6:57 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Marijuana dispensaries are allowed to deliver to their customers within city limits, the Roseburg City Council clarified Monday night.

City officials said the idea was proposed to the council in December by a dispensary owner.

After a month of review, they said they determined that delivery was not against city codes because the city already aligns with state marijuana regulations that allow delivery.

City officials said they never publicized the idea of marijuana delivery, which could have played a part in making dispensary owners think it wasn’t allowed.

Jennifer Morse, the manager of the 420 Club, said she supports the idea of deliveries.

“Being able to deliver is going to be able to put cannabis in the hands of people who can’t normally get it,” said Morse.

City officials said as long as dispensary owners have a license with the state and follow the rules, they are welcome to make deliveries.

A dispensary owner also proposed the idea of keeping dispensaries open three extra hours.

When marijuana was legalized in Oregon in 2014, the state gave cities the opportunity to restrict the number of hours dispensaries can be open.

Officials said the state allows dispensaries to operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. Currently, the city restricts the times to 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. 

The council voted 4-3 Monday to start drafting an ordinance that aligns the city's regulations with the state's. They said it still needs to be written, reviewed and approved by the council.

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