Exploring Siting Restrictions on Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries in Eugene, Oregon
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In the fall of 2014 Oregon voters passed Measure 91 which allowed for the legal possession, sale, production and processing of recreational marijuana. While marijuana remains illegal on a federal level, in recent years the political nature of recreational marijuana has been to leave it up to the states to decide. Oregon now joined Washington and Colorado as the only state to allow for the sale of recreational marijuana to adults 21 years of age and over. The new landscape of legal marijuana sets up an interesting planning question that local municipalities must now address. Will they allow marijuana sales in their cities? How will cities regulate where dispensaries can operate? This research topic addresses those issues and more. Through GIS analysis displaying the spatial distribution of medical and recreational marijuana dispensaries in relation to census socioeconomic characteristics, and a series of interviews with stakeholders, this project intends to provide the City of Eugene with a set of lessons learned as it confronts the implementation of recreational marijuana.