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Marijuana dispensary buffer zone under consideration

There are 48 recreational marijuana stores within the city of Eugene. 70 percent of them are within 1,000 feet of another dispensary, according to city officials.

Posted: Jun 5, 2018 9:49 AM
Updated: Jun 5, 2018 11:07 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The City of Eugene’s Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Tuesday evening to discuss a proposal to create a buffer zone between recreational retail marijuana stores in the city.

The proposed land use code amendment would require recreational retail marijuana stores to be at least 1,000 feet from each other, which is about two and a half blocks apart.

Right now, there are 48 recreational marijuana stores within the city and, according to city officials, 70 percent of them are within 1,000 feet of another dispensary.

This would only apply to new businesses and would not affect current stores that are already operating. It would also not apply to medical marijuana sites or sites where marijuana is grown and processed.

"Our goal with the land use code amendment is to reflect the community values and have standards and promote the livability in the community,” said Mike McKerrow, Land Use Analyst with the City of Eugene.

Some marijuana stores in the area said this was a good idea. In fact, a manager from Eugene OG said they support the proposal and they have actually been lobbying, along with other marijuana stores, for this buffer. 

"The more of us there are, the less business everyone is going to get and it is going to drive prices all over the place,” said Alex Traylor, Inventory Manager with Eugene OG. "We want to have some strong contenders in Eugene."

As more shops frequently open, he said he has noticed the recreational marijuana prices around town have fallen.

However, not everyone agrees with this proposal. City officials said some people don’t think this change is necessary because there are not the same requirements for other businesses like convenience stores or coffee shops.

The public hearing will be held Tuesday at Harris Hall at 6 p.m. After receiving community feedback, the Eugene Planning Commission with then make recommendations to Eugene City Council. 

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