Silverton allows restricted marijuana cultivation with new zoning laws

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English: Branstetter Building in Silverton, Or...
English: Branstetter Building in Silverton, Oregon, United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Measure 91 legalized the recreational use and sale of marijuana in Oregon. The government has been reviewing legislation to regulate the marijuana market since.

Feb. 1 Silverton City Council approved legislation to enact zoning laws within the city, according to Statesman Journal. This change controls where grow operations can and cannot be implemented.

The bill was passed 4-3, including the mayor who voted against it. This new law makes Silverton one of few towns in Oregon where it is legal to grow cannabis within city limits.

It also limits growers in many new ways. All operations must be managed indoors, no greenhouses are allowed.

“I want to take the drug cartels out of the manufacturing and production of it,” council member Laurie Carter said. “If every place in Oregon bans production of it, it only brings back the cartels.”

The bill also restricts cultivation within 1,000 feet of a school. However, Eugene Elementary School will be shut down at the end of the year, opening the zoning restrictions to allow cultivation in more areas downtown.

More information on Silverton’s zoning laws can be found in the full story.