Residents to re-vote over Marijuana laws in Creswell
CRESWELL, Ore. - Once again, residents in Creswell are voting on whether or not to allow marijuana dispensaries to set up shop in the city.
This time around, there is organized opposition to that re-vote.
Two new political action committees are planning a rally on Monday night along Oregon Avenue, hoping to make their feelings known.
Members of "Keep it Creswell" and "Say No to One Gro" maintain that the issue is settled, and that residents voted last November to keep out Marijuana dispensaries.
"The people of Creswell are worried as to what's going to happen to their, you know, friendly town," said Michael Weber, spokesman for Keep It Creswell.
One Gro is the business venture underwritten by high-profile Eugene attorney Mike Arnold. The company wants to open a Creswell pot dispensary off of I-5, where they also run a coffee shop.
"All we're doing is taking it off the street corner and making it safe and accountable by folks who live in your community," said Dan Isaacson, CEO of One Gro.
One Gro collected enough signatures this summer to ask voters to overturn its rejection last year of retail dispensaries, but the two political action committees have been formed to oppose the vote.
"At this point, it's really not even about marijuana for these people," said Weber. "It's about if One Gro is a good fit for their community."
One Gro officials have pledged to provide a minimum tax contribution to the city of Creswell, which would amount to more than $105,000 starting in 2019.
The Special Election will be held on November 7.