BEND, OR -- Deschutes County Commissioners are looking to further refine marijuana restrictions. Proposals detailing possible amendments were presented to Commissioners at their Wednesday work session.
County Planning Manager Peter Gutowsky say Commissioners have held several meetings attempting to refine and amend existing regulations, "We provided them with detailed amendments that would increase separation distances from existing marijuana production uses from new ones, separation distances from Redmond's urban reserve area, increased setbacks from new marijuana production operations, from property lines and existing dwellings, among others."
Gutowsky tells KBND News the rule changes could impact up to 5,500 people, and Commissioners want to hear from the public, "Many may feel that these are regulations that are more restrictive; industry representatives may feel that they're too comprehensive, and undermine their interest in establishing a farm use, so that's going to be the benefit of having a public hearing and taking testimony."
On Wednesday, Commissioners asked to meet again in the next two weeks to get a schedule for informing those who would be affected by the modified rules, and set a date for a public forum.