In June 2016, the Deschutes County Board of County Commissioners approved several ordinances regulating medical and recreational marijuana related uses. The regulations apply to unincorporated Deschutes County and not the city limits of Bend, La Pine, Redmond, and Sisters. The purpose of this webpage is to provide an overview of the regulations, information about past and future county meetings related to marijuana land use issues, and additional resources from outside entities.
The regulations include requirements marijuana businesses must meet in relation to a variety of time, place and manner issues including, but not limited to odor, lighting, security, waste management, minimum separation distances, water, access and hours. The approved regulations do not apply to personal recreational and medical marijuana growing and production, as allowed by state law.
These standards do not ensure compliance with federal or state regulations. Furthermore, new laws may be adopted by the State legislature, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) that may restrict the location and operating characteristics of all marijuana facilities, including grow sites. It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure compliance with any other applicable law.
OPT OUT MORATORIUM LIFTED: On August 1, 2016, the Board voted to repeal the "opt out" moratorium that prohibited marijuana-related businesses in rural Deschutes County effective September 1, 2016. Beginning September 1, the County will accept land use applications for medical marijuana processing and dispensaries and recreational marijuana production, processing, wholesaling, and retailing. Please note that land use approval is required prior to allowing the use to be initiated.
MARIJUANA BUSINESS WORKSHOP
The County’s Planning Division hosted workshops on August 23, 2016, to provide potential applicants and interested parties an overview of the local marijuana regulations (adopted in June) and the county’s procedures for processing land use applications. In addition, representatives from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) and Oregon Department of Agriculture provided an overview of the regulations and review process of their respective agencies. The PowerPoint presentations made by county and OLCC staff at the workshop are attached below for review.
ZONING AND LAND USE REGULATIONS
Below under "Supporting Documents" is a matrix titled Marijuana Zoning that identifies the various marijuana related uses and the corresponding zones where the uses are allowed. The following links provide summaries of each use category and related specific use standards.
The following link is to Title 18, the Deschutes County Zoning Ordinance.
The following link is to a general overview of the required land use review process.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & RESOURCES
The following links provide additional information and resources associated with local and state regulation of marijuana related uses.