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City of Eugene proposes 1,000 feet minimum between marijuana dispensaries

In this June 26, 2015, file photo, different varieties of marijuana buds are displayed at medical marijuana dispensary Kaya Shack in Portland. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.

EUGENE, Ore. - A proposal by the city of Eugene has been resurrected and could mean farther distances between marijuana businesses.

The Eugene City Council discussed the same proposal last year, requiring marijuana shops to be 1,000 feet apart from one another. Last week, the city discussed the proposal and the need for public comment.

Currently, about 72 percent of pot shops are located within 1,000 feet of a similar business in Eugene.

"There were comments from councilors that were really supportive of the standard as a way to support the vitality of downtown," said Mike McKerrow, with the City of Eugene. "Others wanted to hear more from the community before they would pledge their support for it."

The City of Eugene Planning Commission says it plans to hold a public hearing on the proposal. However, that meeting is not yet scheduled. If passed, the proposal would be part of the city's land use code.

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