- Associated Press - Friday, November 27, 2015

ENTERPRISE, Ore. (AP) - Despite voting 2-to-1 against marijuana sales in 2014, residents of Wallowa County voiced strong opinions for both sides about a proposed ordinance to prohibit wholesale and retail marijuana operations in unincorporated areas of the county.

The La Grande Observer reports (https://is.gd/PqySVj ) that the county held its first public hearing on the proposed ordinance Tuesday. A second hearing is scheduled for Dec. 7 before the board votes.

Supporters of the ordinance cite safety while detractors argue banning businesses will not stop residents from legally obtaining and using marijuana.

Counties and cities in which more than 55 percent of residents voted against marijuana legalization can opt out by Dec. 24 with the option to later opt back in. Thus far, 59 cities and counties have opted out.

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Information from: The (La Grande) Observer, https://www.lagrandeobserver.com/

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