As of October 1st, it is now legal to buy and consume recreational marijuana in the State of Oregon. Oregon counties have been grappling with the myriad of complexities recreational pot has brought and will bring.

 

On August 20th, a group of 15 county planning directors from around the state, toured two medical marijuana grow sites to better understand the land use challenges dealing with grow sites.

 

The group discussed challenges with water, odor, security, processing and zoning restrictions with two different growers. The planners were surprised to learn about the wide variety of strains available that varied in levels of Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the psychoactive ingredient that provides the “high” in marijuana while CBD are no-psychoactive but seem to have medical properties. The growers were cultivating plants that ranged from zero THC and high CBD to high levels of THC. The tour was arranged by one of the participants in the HB 3400 legislative process, Attorney Amy Margolis (amy@emergelawgroup.com). Ms. Margolis stated that if county commissioners were interested in touring legal grow sites to reach out to her and that she would facilitate the tour.