HERMISTON — The city of Hermiston has mailed more than 1,700 notices to commercial property owners about the effects of a proposed ordinance banning all commercial marijuana activity within city limits.

The legal notice, required as part of the process to change Hermiston’s land use codes, states that the ban “may affect your property values.”

A news release from the city clarified that the effect, if any, would come from no longer being allowed to grow, process or sell marijuana on the property.

During its Aug. 24 meeting the city council directed staff to begin the process to update Hermiston’s codes for all zones to outlaw any land use not in compliance with state or federal laws. Marijuana was legalized in Oregon last year through Measure 91, it is currently still illegal at the federal level.

“Hermiston voters, and Umatilla County voters as a whole, opposed Measure 91 by 62 percent,” city manager Byron Smith said in the news release. “The proposed ban therefore uses the allowances in Measure 91 to strengthen our existing marijuana prohibitions.”

The planning commission will hold a public hearing on the proposed ordinance at 7 p.m. on October 14 at city hall, and city council will hold a public hearing on the issue at 7 p.m. on October 26 at city hall. The full notice to property owners is available at www.hermiston.or.us.

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