Ahead of the November 2018 election, then-candidate Patti Adair ran for Deschutes County Commissioner on two essential platforms: Fiscal conservativism and getting anti-marijuana. Considering that winning that election—by a narrow margin—and serving on the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners, she’s held correct to getting against marijuana increasing in the county. On getting a fiscal conservative, on the other hand, we have to contact her bluff.
Adair and her fellow commissioners have now been component of two lengthy battles to shut down legal marijuana in Deschutes County. They’re costing the County’s taxpayers thousands of dollars in employees time fighting anything that voters in this county, and these across the state, have currently deemed to be an sector worth investing in and supporting.
As our Smoke Signals column this week information, the Commission has currently been at odds with the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals more than what have been characterized as new time, spot and manner regulations that would be the most stringent in the state. Couple that with the Commissioners’ current choice to place a measure on subsequent year’s ballot, asking regional voters no matter if they want to “opt out” of enabling far more marijuana farms and/or production facilities in the county, and we’re speaking about substantial amounts of our tax dollars going toward fighting anything that voters currently stated they want. This has turn out to be a Commission that, regardless of the price, is now arbitrarily deciding on to delve into social or way of life concerns, rather than sticking to interpreting the letter of the law.
We agree wholeheartedly with the regional Farm Bureau, which has argued that landowners wanting to farm on designated farm land need to be in a position to do so. If you get house in a farm zone, count on agriculture—whether that farm raises pigs or pot.
If the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners desires to cater to the vocal county residents who have flooded their meetings, begging for an opt out,…