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Eugene May Put Buffers Between Pot Stores

City of Eugene

The Eugene City Council may require 1-thousand foot buffer zones between marijuana retailers. The council voted 6 to 2 Wednesday to draft an ordinance.

Members of the business community have been urging city councilors to limit the number of pot dispensaries, especially since a proliferation of the stores in downtown Eugene.
Councilor Mike Clark banged the table as he voiced his concern:
“How much time and money have we spent on consultants telling us how to have a downtown environment that’s welcoming to kids and families and everything else? And this is the folks who do business down there saying, ‘Guys, if downtown is pot-central, that’s not going to accomplish the goal and you’ve wasted all that money, and I’m gone!’”
Councilor Betty Taylor voted against the proposal, wondering why the city should regulate pot-shops but not bars or Starbucks. Councilor Alan Zelenka also voted no. Councilors Claire Syrett and Greg Evans were absent. The next step is a public hearing on the proposed ordinance, which has not yet been scheduled.


Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
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