LA GRANDE — For weeks on finish, petitioners stationed themselves with neon indicators at native institutions round La Grande.
Derik Drake, a medical marijuana farmer from Nyssa, organized a petition to partially repeal Ordinance 3228 banning marijuana farming and distribution in La Grande. Needing 1,331 signatures to get the initiative on the November poll, Drake and his staff gathered 1,372 signatures by the deadline on Monday, July 26.
Nonetheless, as a consequence of a sizeable portion of the signatures coming from unregistered voters and non-La Grande residents, the petition got here up effectively wanting the required complete wanted to make the poll.
“It was a number of weeks of volunteering within the sizzling, smoky outdoor, however we had a blast assembly and fascinating with the group,” Drake stated.
Though Drake gained sufficient signatures, the county clerk’s workplace seemed the outcomes over rigorously with a purpose to approve the validity. The signatures should be from La Grande residents and any discrepancy or repeated signature can alter the official complete. Via the primary 414 signatures reviewed, almost two thirds of these people had been turned down since they weren’t registered to vote or residents of La Grande.
“We knew then that they weren’t going to make it,” stated Union County Clerk Robin Church.
After inspecting the primary 414 signatures, the county was in a position to decide that Drake wouldn’t have sufficient signatures wanted to make the poll, even when all of the remaining signatures had been legitimate.
The petitioners frequented Safeway on Adams Avenue and Walmart on Island Avenue, in addition to native occasions like Loopy Days and the La Grande Farmers Market. The purpose of the petition was to permit Drake to take over as proprietor of the medicinal marijuana dispensary HWY 30. Ordinance 3228 banned any new dispensaries in 2015, however HWY 30 was grandfathered in and allowed to proceed operations.
Trying to take over as the brand new proprietor on the identical location, Drake would technically be opening a brand new dispensary by authorized phrases. The partial repeal would permit Drake to take over operations on the HWY 30 location and promote medicinal marijuana in La Grande.
Drake stays within the courtroom of appeals trying to beat the authorized obstacles, whereas his legal professionals try to barter with the town of La Grande.