- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Gov. John Kitzhaber has signed a bill allowing local governments to ban medical marijuana stores.

The governor’s signature on Wednesday comes as many Oregon communities move swiftly to block marijuana dispensaries within their borders.

The new law gives cities and counties until May 1 to enact moratoriums for up to a year.

The Oregon Health Authority released a draft of rules that establish a way for license applicants to get a refund if their facility would be blocked by a local ordinance. The agency also added rules restricting marijuana-infused products that would appeal to children.

Those rules were required under a compromise needed to move the bill through the Legislature earlier this month.

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