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OREGON STATE MARIJUANA FAQs RESOURCES

CITY OF REDMOND MARIJUANA FAQs - as of June 12, 2015

The City of Redmond is striving to find a balance that supports the new state law allowing the growing of four marijuana plants on a residential lot for private recreational use with the public interest of limiting access to minors and mitigating negative impact to neighbors.

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Q: Are Medical Marijuana Dispensaries allowed in the City of Redmond?

A: No. The City of Redmond Business License Code has required that all businesses in the City of Redmond be compliant with local, state and federal laws and regulations since 1989. Since marijuana is still considered an illegal controlled substance by the federal government the City of Redmond cannot issue a business license to any business associated with marijuana.

Although a Medical Marijuana Dispensary is a non-profit operation. All non-profits in the City of Redmond need to have a business license to operate. (Redmond City Code, Section 7.015 and Section 7.020).
Additionally, the City of Redmond Development stipulates that no parcel of land or structure may be used for, or in conjunction with, an activity that violates any state or federal law. (Redmond City Code, Section 8.0026).

Marijuana Retail Outlets:

Q: Will Marijuana Retail Outlets be allowed in the City of Redmond?

A: No. The City of Redmond Business License Code has required that all businesses in the City of Redmond be compliant with local, state and federal laws and regulations since 1989. Marijuana Retail Outlets would need to have a business license from the City of Redmond to operate a business in Redmond (Redmond City Code, Section 7.015). Since marijuana is still considered an illegal controlled substance by the federal government the City of Redmond cannot issue a business license to any business associated with marijuana.
Additionally, the City of Redmond Development stipulates that no parcel of land or structure may be used for, or in conjunction with, an activity that violates any state or federal law. (Redmond City Code, Section 8.0026).

Residential Recreation Marijuana Growing:

The City of Redmond passed Ordinance No. 2015-07 on June 9, 2015, regarding the growing of marijuana on residential lots. The intent of this code is to balance the rights of people in the State of Oregon to grow marijuana for recreation uses on their residential property with the potential negative impact to neighbors, associated with smells and access to minors. The city of Redmond enacted this code after researching best practices in Colorado (state law that all marijuana cultivation needs to occur indoors) and Washington (no marijuana cultivation is allowed on residential properties) and other Oregon communities. City of Redmond Ordinance2015-07 . Below are questions relative to that code.

Q: How many plants can I grow at my home?

A: Per the state law, you can grow four plants per residential lot unless you are "a" medical marijuana card holder or a caregiver for someone with a medical marijuana card holder.

Q: If I need to grow my marijuana plants inside a secure, locked structure – do I need a building permit if I am building a new shed or greenhouse in my backyard for this purpose?

A: You will need a building permit for any building (including a greenhouse) that is larger than 200 square feet (building footprint) and/or taller than 10 feet.

Q: If I build or install a structure in my backyard, are there any setback requirements?

A: Yes, all buildings must be setback from the side property line by at least 5 feet and the rear property line by at least 6 feet.

Q: What if I want to grow in my front yard?

A: All growing activities need to be screened from the public view of a public right-of-way (streets, public alleyways and public parks) so the growing operations will need to be screened, and the tallest fence that you can build in a front yard is 3 ½ feet. Due to the fence restrictions, please inquire at the City of Redmond Community Development Department to see if your plans would be considered screened from public view?

Q: The code says that I can only grow my plants in a structure made of solid materials, what is the definition of a solid material?

A: A solid material is a rigid structural material.

Q: Can you sell marijuana grown at your home?

A: No. All marijuana grown at home, either for your own recreational purposes or for medical marijuana consumption, cannot be sold to another individual.

Q: The code states that the growing and processing of marijuana plants must not be observable from the public right-of-way – what is considered the public right-of-way?

A: The public right-of-way is all property that is generally owned by the public – typically streets, sidewalks, public alleyways and parks.

Q: What will happen if I do not follow the code requirements?

A: You may receive a letter from the City of Redmond requiring the removal of the plants within ten (10) days of the date of the letter. If you do not correct the violation in that timeframe, then your property will be posted with a notice, a certified letter will be sent to the property owner, and they will have ten (10) more days to remove the violations. Violation of this code could result in a citation being issued at any time. Citation fee is $250.

Q: What about people who currently are growing marijuana in their backyards in open gardens for medical purposes?

A: The code allows an exemption for legally qualified outdoor medical marijuana growing until January 1, 2016.

Q: Can I grow my personal marijuana at my business?

A: No, this provision is only for residential lots.

Q: If the Redmond Development Code (Section 8.0026) stipulates that no parcel of land or structure may be used for, or in conjunction with, an activity that violates any state or federal law – why can people grow marijuana on their residential lots?

A: Ordinance No. 2015-07 exempts residential lots from this part of the Redmond Development Code by declaring that growing marijuana on a residential lot is an accessory land use.

Q: Who should I call?

A: If you feel that someone is breaking the state law (for example - smoking in public, a minor that is using marijuana, someone who is providing marijuana to a minor, someone who is growing more marijuana plants than legally allowed, etc.), please call the police at541-693-6911or can be filed online with the Redmond Police Department

If you feel that someone is not compliant with the local nuisance code (for example – is growing their four recreational plants outside in the backyard) please call the Code Compliance Officer at 541-923-7718 or access our online code compliance complaint reporting form.