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BEND, OR --  The creation of regulations for marijuana-related businesses in unincorporated Deschutes County is the subject of public hearings, Wednesday. Deschutes County Commissioners will hold the two public hearings today to handle anticipated crowds. Two recent Planning Commission public hearings on pot land use regulations in rural county land attracted a total of 400.


Commissioner Tony DeBone says they want to hear from as many people as possible, Wednesday. “We want to make sure people have the opportunity to communicate on this subject. So we figure since this will give people the opportunity to come at 1:30 in the afternoon or 6:00 and give feedback directly to us as Commissioners on the subject of land use for marijuana production in the rural county.” DeBone adds, “At this point, this is the public hearing. We’re asking for people to put information on the record on this topic. And then we’re going to be taking that, figuring out what’s the position of citizens of the area; what’s fact; what the state is doing about marijuana production and licensing and then we’re going to be deliberating.” Those deliberations will be held December 21 and 28.
Emotions ran high at the final Planning Commission meeting, so much so that the Commission cleared the room. The Planning Commission recommended not opting out, or disallowing marijuana production, as the state allows for. 
Today's public hearings are at the Deschutes Services Building, in the County Hearings Room.

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