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Conflicts Grow Over Oregon’s Medical Marijuana Grow Sites

Growing marijuana in Oregon is nothing new, but as recreational marijuana becomes legal, state and local officials will likely be faced with increased attention to grow sites.

Conflicts between medical marijuana grow sites and adjoining property owners have been simmering for years with no clear direction from the state on pot as an agricultural product. Neighbors often complain about odor and the placement of greenhouses, or are opposed to the practice entirely. State lawmakers will have to decide how to treat cultivation and harvesting of marijuana in Oregon, which is a “right-to-farm” state and protects farmers from nuisance complaints that may arise because of “customary noises, smells, dust or other nuisances associated with farming.”

Voters approved medical marijuana in 1998. Recreational marijuana becomes legal to possess in Oregon on July 1. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which will regulate recreational pot for the state under Measure 91, won’t start issuing licenses to growers until next year. [Read more at the Bend Bulletin]

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