Multnomah County hearing set for rural marijuana business code amendments

January 22, 2016

A public hearing with Multnomah County’s Planning Commission is scheduled February 1, 2016 at 6:30 pm to consider Marijuana Business land use code amendments applicable to the unincorporated (rural) portions of the county.  The hearing will occur in the Multnomah Building, Room 100 at 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd. in Portland.   

Nothing in the proposed ordinance regulates the personal use of marijuana products.

The proposed code amendments provide a definition of a Marijuana Business to include recreational and medical marijuana business activities and identify which zones potentially allow or prohibit marijuana production, marijuana processing, marijuana wholesaling  and marijuana retail activities.  The amendments establish standards designed to protect neighboring properties from impacts including but not limited to odors and night time light pollution.

A copy of the draft ordinance can be viewed online at /landuse/planning-commission (February 1 meeting documents) or can be purchased from the Land Use Planning Office located at 1600 SE 190th Ave. between 8 am and 4 pm, Tuesday through Thursday.

Individuals who have questions after reviewing the ordinance about how the proposal applies to their land or about the public hearing process may contact Adam Barber, senior planner with the Multnomah County Land Use Planning Division, at 503-988-0168 or

An opportunity for public comment will be provided at the February 1 hearing.  Those unable to attend the hearing and wishing to testify can email written comments to  which will be forwarded to the Planning Commission if received no later than 4 pm on January 27, 2016. The Planning Commission will make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners, who are expected to vote on the amendments later this year.