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Joseph will vote on marijuana measure

Effort to place it on the ballot in Enterprise fails
Kathleen Ellyn

Wallowa County Chieftain

Published on August 29, 2018 8:20AM


Two measures seeking the repeal of ordinances banning marijuana sales in Enterprise and Joseph met with opposite results last week.

Marty Thompson of Enterprise, who had hoped to open a shop on her property on Florence Avenue in Enterprise, collected 257 signatures in the city in favor of putting the measure on the Nov. 6 ballot. She turned them in at the Aug. 13 meeting of Enterprise City Council.

The Secretary of State’s Office has subsequently affirmed that the deadline for submission of signatures to the city was Aug. 8, as published in the Chieftain in June.

The Wallowa County Clerk’s Office was able to confirm 135 of the submitted Enterprise signatures as valid. Reasons for rejection of signatures included petition signer outside city limits, out of the county and out of the district; and illegal signers who were inactive or not registered voter.

Sean Flanagan of Joseph, a co-owner of The Peace Pipe, a Joseph smoking accessories and art shop on Main Street, was the chief petitioner for repeal of Joseph City ban on marijuana sales.

Flanagan turned in 184 signatures by the deadline of which 104 were verified. Flanagan only needed 87 signatures, far less than the 174 signatures originally thought to be the requirement. That measure will appear on the November ballot.



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