Brownsville rejects request for temporary medical marijuana shop

BROWNSVILLE — The City Council made it clear Tuesday evening that Randy and Gayle Simpson will have to wait until the November general election to learn whether the community will allow the couple to operate a medical marijuana dispensary.

The Simpson’s and the council have tussled over the dispensary issue for nearly two years, resulting in an advisory vote taken by residents in May that indicated two to one that they did not want a dispensary in the community.

The issue escalated to the point the Simpson’s threatened to sue the city and last July — when recreational marijuana became legal in Oregon — handing out free marijuana samples.

Most recently the Simpsons had requested the council allow them to operate their business on the south edge of town on a temporary basis.

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