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Sun Dec 2, 2018, 01:47 PM

Deschutes County Farm Bureau Appeals New Pot Rules

After the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners used an "emergency" clause Oct. 24 to quickly change some of its rules for growing recreational marijuana in the County, the Deschutes County Farm Bureau filed a motion to have the changes appealed.

Matt Cyrus from the Deschutes County Farm Bureau says the agriculture advocacy group on Nov. 12 filed an intent to appeal with the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals, which will appeal the County's new rules, The new rules included increased setbacks and new odor and lighting requirements. In a letter to the Commission Aug. 28, the DCFB said it closely followed the process leading to the adoption of the bills which allow for the "reasonable" time, place and manner regulation of marijuana production, adding that the bills created a "very limited carve out to Oregon's Right to Farm Law, which otherwise strictly prohibits local governments from regulating farm uses in farm zones."

Commissioner Phil Henderson told the Source that the DCFB's filing means the new county regulations are on hold until the LUBA matter is resolved. Henderson said they haven't seen exactly what the DCFB is appealing, but will respond to the assignments of error when they receive them.

"It just delays any changes in the regulations going into effect for an unforeseeable amount of time," Henderson said. "Any applications in now won't be affected and any that come in during the appeal period."

Read more: https://www.bendsource.com/bend/farm-bureau-appeals-new-pot-rules/Content?oid=8690445

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