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LA PINE, OR -- La Pine City Councilors take up the topic of recreational marijuana sales during Monday afternoon's work session. Mayor Ken Mulenex tells KBND the discussion is just beginning. "It's basically a work session designed to talk about HB 3400 that was passed by the legislature and what the effects and implications are as we go down the road towards deciding about shall we allow recreational retail sales of marijuana in the city of La Pine, or will it be banned."


HB 3400 allows cities and counties to ban marijuana businesses under certain conditions. If 55% of residents voted no on Measure 91, legalizing recreational marijuana in November, jurisdictions can impose a ban. If a communities vote was less than 55% no on Measure 91, a moratorium can be put in place until a ban can be considered by voters in November of 2016. 


Mayor Mulenex says La Pine voters have spoken on the issue. "You know, La Pine voted against recreational marijuana by 53.36% and, you know, that's the voters speaking. But, I couldn't say now how it would go, but there will be a good discussion."


The city of La Pine allows medical marijuana dispensaries. Mulenex that Council held a thorough debate on that issue, and he expects the same for recreational sales. 


Crook County has already banned all cannabis businesses from operating outside of the Prineville city limits. Deschutes County is considering a similar prohibition. The city of Madras will take up the issue on Tuesday.

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