Deschutes County bans pot businesses temporarily

BEND — No new marijuana businesses will be allowed to open in unincorporated areas of Deschutes County as commissioners instituted a temporary ban.

The county commission voted unanimously on Monday to opt out of marijuana businesses, with a plan to revisit the ban in 90 days, according to The Bulletin.

The ban applies to future businesses that would be licensed by the state for marijuana growing, processing, retail sales and wholesaling as well as any medical marijuana operations. It does not affect potential businesses within city limits.

Counties and cities that voted at least 55 percent against Measure 91 were able to institute a ban without putting it on the general election ballot. Deschutes County voted nearly 52 percent in favor of the measure that legalized recreational marijuana.

— The Associated Press

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