PORTLAND — Voters in a conservative eastern Oregon county just said “no” on Tuesday to an effort to allow marijuana cultivation and sales.
Measure 12-58, the same radio call sign used by some law enforcement bodies for narcotics activity, sought to have Grant County residents be allowed to “engage in all legal marijuana uses and activities under state law.”
Klamath County, in the south, faced a similar measure. With 60 percent of votes counted, 58 percent were against requiring the county to allow “state-approved licenses, allowing medical dispensaries, retail farms and retail sales to conduct business.”
With all the votes in from Grant County, 53.5 percent rejected the measure.
Grant County Judge Scott Myers had said last week that he would be more than surprised if it passed.
Shortly after Oregon voters decided in 2014 to legalize marijuana, the state allowed cities and counties to ban marijuana production and sales where at least 55 percent of voters opposed legalization. Over 100 cities and counties have since “opted out,” according to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.