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A New Ordinance Could Put Marijuana Farmers Out Of Business

Today the Josephine County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing with plans to pass a new ordinance into law that would put restrictions on medicinal and recreational marijuana farmers.

Posted: Nov. 29, 2017

Alicia Rubin

 

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Today the Josephine County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing with plans to pass a new ordinance into law that would put restrictions on medicinal and recreational marijuana farmers.

 

While they had planned to pass the ordinance today, additional questions prohibited that from happening. However, they did schedule another meeting for December 6th at 9:00AM......

 

http://www.kdrv.com/content/news/A-New-Ordinance-Could-Put-Marijuana-Farmers-Out-Of-Business-460903523.html


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Josephine Co. Commissioners still working on cannabis ordinance

 

 

Josephine County, Ore. — Josephine County Commissioners are continuing to look at ordinances relating to pot grows in rural areas of the county.

 

They held a public hearing Wednesday which resulted in heated debate from both sides.

 

Josephine County Commissioners heard from nearly 50 Josephine County residents about their concerns.

It’s a very controversial topic with strong opinions on both sides.

 

“It’s a group of growers here in Josephine County who have decided they need to protect their property rights,” Attorney Ross Day said.

 

Ross Day is an attorney representing those who feel their private property rights would be violated if new rules regulating marijuana are passed by commissioners.

 

“The law says that the rights you have at the time you acquire your property are the rights you have until you sell it,” Day said.

 

Many from the newly created organization called F.A.R.M.S. — or Farming and Agricultural Rights Management Society — attended the public hearing for the ordinance Wednesday morning....

 

 

 

https://kobi5.com/news/local-news/josephine-co-commissioners-still-working-cannabis-ordinance-66226/


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New cannabis ordinance for Josephine County

 

Grants Pass, Ore. – Starting Wednesday commercial marijuana growers in Josephine County will have new rules to follow after county commissioners passed changes to an old ordinance.

 

The changes impact commercial growers in rural residential zones. The old ordinance stated commercial marijuana grown in rural residential zones wasn’t allowed on lots of five acres or less. The new wording covers all lots in that zoning, effectively banning large grows in rural residential areas.....

 

 

 

 

https://kobi5.com/news/new-cannabis-ordinance-josephine-county-66762/


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Op-Ed: Josephine County Stole Our Cannabis Business

 

On Wednesday December 6, 2017 at 10:20 A.M. the Josephine County Commissioners stole our cannabis business.

 

They planned taking it over the past year. They had one goal in mind to ban cannabis gardening on rural residential lands by any and all means possible before they ever started the political process. Indeed, they fixed their political process around that goal, and as a result it became the most nonstrategic and serpentine misadventure I have ever seen in local politics. They literally made things up as they went. As reported in the Curry Coastal Pilot: “Josephine County Commissioner Lily Morgan said that [the] county’s experience has been a “learn as we go process.”” A more frank assessment came from GP Courier editor, Scott Stoddard who said: “If anyone in Curry County happens to come across this editorial, please heed this advice: The last place you want to turn to for guidance on the regulation of marijuana is Josephine County.”.....

 

 

 

https://www.occnewspaper.com/op-ed-josephine-county-stole-cannabis-business/


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Farm group fights Josephine Co. pot ordinance

 

Josephine County, Ore. —  After several public hearings, meetings and arguments from both sides about growing marijuana in rural areas of Josephine County, a new ordinance is ready to go into effect next month.

 

But a group is fighting the ordinance, saying farmers shouldn’t lose their rights if they choose to grow cannabis, and has appealed to the state Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA). The ordinance is in the books, ready to go into effect March 6th, but this group of farmers fighting the ordinance could put a halt to that.

 

Portland attorney, Ross Day, is leading a group of 44 farmers, who call themselves F.A.R.M.S. Inc., or Farming and Agricultural Rights Management Society. They said they feel their private property rights would be violated if new rules regulating marijuana go into effect....

 

 

 

https://kobi5.com/news/farm-group-fights-josephine-co-pot-ordinance-70808/

 


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Is it me, or is Josephine Co not getting about being fair with cannabis vs other industries. That county never recover from losing the timber jobs. You'd think they'd want to help the new industry to be happy and productive.


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Josephine County marijuana ordinance rejected by LUBA

Karen Tang

 

Josephine County, Ore.- The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals, or LUBA, has rejected a Josephine County marijuana ordinance.

 

The ordinance was meant to regulate marijuana grows in rural residential zones, but many growers said the new rules would violate their private property rights.

 

Back in December, a group of farmers, who called themselves F.A.R.M.S Inc, also known as ‘Farming and Agricultural Rights Management Society’ appealed the county commissioner’s ordinance, which at the time stated, marijuana in rural residential zones would be prohibited on a lot of five acres or less with the exception of 12 personal mature plants.....

 

 

 

 

 

https://kobi5.com/news/josephine-county-marijuana-ordinance-rejected-by-luba-73923/


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Marijuana Ordinance Reversed

 

A Josephine County ordinance that would place more restrictions on marijuana farmers was reversed.

Posted: Mar. 15, 2018 7:26 PM
Updated: Mar. 15, 2018 7:27 PM
 

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. -- Ordinance 2017-002 passed in December 2017 has been reversed by the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA).

 

On August 28, 2017 the county planning commission held a hearing to consider whether to recommend to the board of county commissioners that the county adopt text amendments to the Josephine County Rural Land Development Code (RLDC) Section 61.050 to limit marijuana use in the county's Rural Residential zone (RR-5). 

 

That planning commission hearing was continued to August 31, 2017 when the commission voted to recommend the text amendments to the board of county commissioners.......

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.kdrv.com/content/news/Marijuana-Ordinance-Reversed-477030473.html


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Growers and county respond to LUBA decision on marijuana ordinance

 

 

Josephine County, Ore. — Marijuana growers are reacting to the decision announced by the state Land Use Board of Appeals.

 

“I have spent somewhere in the neighborhood of $450,000,” Selma resident Judi Scharns said.

 

Judi Scharns and her husband have been medical marijuana patients since they moved to Josephine County.

 

“We both have back issues… mine is congenital from birth,” Scharns said.

 

But when they weren’t able to purchase from their growers anymore, they used most of their retirement savings to become growers themselves.....

 

 

 

https://kobi5.com/news/growers-and-county-respond-to-luba-decision-on-marijuana-ordinance-73996/

 


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Josephine County taking LUBA’s decision to Oregon Court of Appeals

 

Josephine Co., Ore — Josephine County is taking the next step in its fight against some pot grows.

 

The Land Use Board of Appeals says the county didn’t follow proper procedure with its new ordinance, so commissioners are turning to the courts.

 

“There’s a lot of controversy surrounding marijuana specifically in Josephine County,” Commissioner Simon Hare said.

 

Since recreational marijuana became legal in Oregon in 2014, cannabis has remained a contentious topic.

 

“It failed in Josephine County by just two votes. It’s the closest election we’ve ever had on any subject ever,” Hare said.

 

As a prime region for growing cannabis, Josephine County Commissioner Simon Hare says many farmers love the area.

 

But the county says it’s still hearing complaints from hundreds of concerned residents about where marijuana is being grown.....

 

 

https://kobi5.com/news/local-news/josephine-county-taking-lubas-decision-to-oregon-court-of-appeals-74355/

 


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What's Next For Josephine County Marijuana Farmers?

Josephine County Commissioners are considering next steps after an ordinance that would have placed more restrictions on marijuana farmers was reversed by the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA).

Posted: Mar. 26, 2018 6:33 PM
Updated: Mar. 26, 2018 6:33 PM

 

 

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. -- Josephine County Commissioners are considering next steps after an ordinance that would have placed more restrictions on marijuana farmers was reversed by the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA).

 

LUBA revoked the ordinance in March after F.A.R.M.S., Inc. an organization made up of local marijuana farmers, also known as 'Farming and Agricultural Rights Management Society' filed an appeal. LUBA ruled in their favor because the county did not send out notices to all 16,000 rural residential land owners stating that property regulations will be changing.

 

According to Commissioner Dan DeYoung the counties lawyers are taking a look at the ordinance as it currently written before deciding what they want to do next.

 

Right now the Josephine County Board of Commissioners are considering three options: leave the ordinance as is and send letters to all rural residential land owners, adopt Jackson counties marijuana ordinance, or file a federal appeal seeking a declaratory judgement on the current ordinance......

 

 

 

http://www.kdrv.com/content/news/Whats-Next-For-Josephine-County-Marijuana-Farmers-477993543.html


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Josephine country is at it again

 

Josephine County Divided on New Marijuana Ordinance

 

Josephine County commissioners held a land-use public hearing today at the Josephine County fairground pavilion. A large crowd gathered to voice their opinions on new proposed marijuana ordinances.

Posted: Nov. 7, 2018 5:26 PM
Updated: Nov. 7, 2018 5:37 PM
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GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- Josephine County commissioners held a land-use public hearing today at the Josephine County fairground pavilion. A large crowd gathered to voice their opinions on new proposed marijuana ordinances.

 

One would amend the Josephine County Rural Land Development Code. It would bar new commercial marijuana operations in rural residential zones. It would also call for marijuana operations to be set back 150 feet.

 

Man Josephine County residents spoke passionately about the new ordinance.

 

Charlyn Witcher owns a small family farm out in Kirby. She inherited the land from her parents and she's seen it completely change because of marijuana grows. Charyln says rural residential areas need to be saved.....

 

 

 

 

https://www.kdrv.com/content/news/Josephine-County-Divided-on-New-Marijuana-Ordinance-499992541.html


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