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September 21, 2015


What was the outcome of this meeting?

Stephanie, yesterday I asked the Marion County Public Information Officer, Jolene Kelley, that question, as I couldn't find any news about the meeting in our local paper or the county web site.

Here's what Jolene told me. I'll add the PDF files she mentions to the end of this post.
Hi Brian,

Attached are the two ordinances the commissioners approved on Wednesday. Ordinance 1358 "opts out" of the six different types of marijuana businesses described in HB 3400; however, grandfathers in current medical marijuana dispensaries in the unincorporated area of Marion County. The two existing dispensaries in Marion County may begin the early start recreational marijuana sales on October 1, 2015, as allowed under state regulations. The ordinance refers the issue to the voters for the November 2016 general election.

The board also approved a second ordinance establishing a 3% tax on the sale of recreational marijuana that goes into effect based on the outcome of the November 2016 election.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions.


This is the same issue I just went through with Jolene Kelley. I am not sure what happened here, but I have been following this for 2 years, and at no time did I ever see anything about this happening in Marion County. I received the IDENTICAL letter from Mrs. Kelley, and that did not clear up anything. It seemed as though they would not answer my questions.
Can anyone post if there is a lawsuit or any investigation going into this issue? I also asked about meetings, and she explained that there was several open meetings in regards to opting out of this industry in the county.

Marion Counties Epic Fail. To wait until all of us have invested money in property and the costs of all the hoopla they have added to the rules and then opt out at basically, the last minute does no service to the people of the county that are involved in this industry and the many people the industry serves.
This just leaves all of us under medical and we will go ahead anyway.
They can try to stop this tide but that is like trying to stop a waterfall with a Kleenex.
My belief is this is not about legalization at all its about extorting more money from the system.
They will eventually have to roll over. In the mean time putting anyone in Marion County one year behind anyone who can meet this rule.
Most will just stay black market increasing the black market in Marion County.
Shame on Marion County Commissioners.

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