Oregon County Aims to Increase Marijuana enforcement

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The Board of County Commissioners on Wednesday initiated a process to hire two staff members for the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team, known by its acronym as CODE, to focus on cannabis enforcement, county official Nick Lelack, said in an email. “The new limited duration marijuana enforcement staff would solely focus on marijuana cases, complaints, and compliance,” Lelack said. The move on Wednesday by the Deschutes County Commissioners marks the latest effort by some Oregon counties to control the legal cannabis industry that they say is growing too fast. In Deschutes County, the sheriff and the district attorney have complained about difficulties in differentiating between legal and illegal cannabis crops. Two state agencies — the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission — administer the medical and recreational cannabis programs, respectively. One amendment could impose a cap on the number of cannabis permits in Deschutes County, or restrict them in certain geographic areas, Lelack said.

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon county is trying to crack down on illegal cannabis production by hiring two enforcement officers, and to limit new legal grows by considering a pause on the processing of applications to produce cannabis.

The move on Wednesday by the Deschutes County Commissioners marks the latest effort by some Oregon counties to control the legal cannabis industry that they say is growing too fast.

Officials in Josephine County, in a prime pot-growing area of southern Oregon, last week sued the state in federal court, asserting state laws that made pot legal are pre-empted by federal law that criminalize it. County commissioners in December tried to ban and restrict pot farming on rural residential lots, but the state Land Use Board of Appeals put the restrictions on hold.

In Deschutes County, the sheriff and the district attorney have complained about difficulties in differentiating between legal and illegal cannabis crops. The Board of County...

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