After Roseburg meeting, medical pot ordinance moves ahead

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The Roseburg City Council held the first reading of an ordinance that would allow them to put a 1-year moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries.

The council held a special meeting on Thursday afternoon that included comments from the public.

Several people in support of letting dispensaries operate spoke to the council, with comments ranging from how useful pot can be as a medicine, to people who say they already paid for a permit to operate one.

State Senator Jeff Kruse also spoke at the meeting.

The council moved forward with the first reading of the ordinance.

If the council votes to implement the ordinance at the next regular meeting, it would mean that the city would not allow any dispensaries in the city limits for one year.

The council could lift the moratorium before one year.

This story will be updated.