SISTERS — Community members gathered Wednesday at City Hall to discuss proposed regulations for how, when and where marijuana businesses could operate in the city.
The ensuing discussion was tense, and split the crowd of about 70 people evenly between those who supported recreational marijuana sales and those who were against it. Sisters voters rejected a measure that would have allowed the sale of medical marijuana in the city in 2014.
“The (2014) vote was pretty even, and what we heard tonight was split pretty evenly down both sides, so maybe that does point to a vote being able to decide this once and for all,” said Brant Kucera, city manager.
While many favored regulating recreational marijuana, those opposed to the idea focused on the affect that it would have on the community’s youth.
“My concern is focused mostly on the more you make something available and the more kids see something, the more they want to try it,” said Jeremy Davis, 41, of Sisters. “Kids are seeking it out for the