Canby cannabis controversy swirls around licenses

Clackamas County

Land use fight is between property owners, Clackamas County

OREGON CITY, Ore. (KOIN) — A Canby land use fight over cannabis licenses had a hearing in Clackamas County to determine if previous agreements take precedence over subsequent rule changes.

Officials are considering whether to allow multiple marijuana growing licenses on one property in Canby. In 2017, the property owners bought the land with the ability to have multiple growing licenses on site. The county OK’d their original plans.

However, the county later passed a new ordinance limiting licenses to only one per property.

The landowners appealed. They claim they have a vested right and the county can’t retroactively make this change. The county begs to differ and argued the landowners must conform to the new rules.

Some Clackamas County residents who live nearby testified they don’t want the greenhouses and cannabis farm. But the decision is ultimately up to a neutral third-party to decipher the case law.

No decision was immediately made.

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