Portland considering cap on marijuana dispensaries, but how many are there?: Portland City Hall Roundup

Portland considering cap on marijuana dispensaries, but how many are there?: Portland City Hall Roundup


A city advisory group presented recommendations Tuesday morning to the Portland City Council on what to do with marijuana in the Rose City.

For months, an internal task force has studied what the city should do with both medical and recreational marijuana. The task force, which included members of a variety of city bureaus, is working under the assumption that recreational pot is coming — it’s just a matter of time.

In addition to the proposed sales tax on marijuana headed to City Council for a first hearing next week, another slightly overlooked recommendation would put a cap on the number of dispensaries across the city.

The cap would include both medical and recreational dispensaries, according to city documents.

How many retail stores and medical establishments is Portland considering? 122.

Bureaucrats settled on that number by taking Portland’s population (roughly 609,456) and imagining one retail local for every 5,000 residents. Under that scenario, Portland could handle about 122 locations.

There are already exciting criteria that preclude where dispensaries may open in Portland. They must be 1,000 feet away from a school, for instance, and 1,000 feet from another dispensary. The marijuana task force, organized by Mayor Charlie Hales’ office, is considering adding more buffer zones, such as around playgrounds and libraries.

But Portland already has 68 dispensaries for strictly medical marijuana, and dozens more that have been approved. Check out this graph.

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