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Dunes City Residents To Vote On Marijuana Ban On Election Day

Rick Obst

Like Creswell, Dunes City may become yet another Oregon town to ban marijuana sales. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Ballot Measure 20-293 would prohibit all medical and recreational marijuana retailers, wholesalers, processors, and producers in this small community. The city approved three grow sites before it banned further grows last year.

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Dunes City, Oregon.

Jared Anderson is a reporter with the Siuslaw News. He says backers talk up the business aspect of marijuana, while critics warn of crime and the odor.

As to the expected result come Election Night?

“Right now it’s really hard to tell," says Anderson. "One of the big things that the city council really wanted to put it out to the voters is because they said they really just didn’t know what the community feeling exactly was.”

Dunes City has two other ballot measures that Anderson says are tied to the marijuana issue.  One would establish a municipal court that would include a judge. Another ballot measure would impose a five-year local option tax.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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