ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Ashland City Council is getting ready to lift a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries.

The Daily Tidings reported (http://bit.ly/1t4y3Er) the council gave initial approval Tuesday and expects to take final action Aug. 5.

The Legislature has approved medical marijuana dispensaries but allowed cities and counties to impose moratoriums lasting as long as a year.

Many local jurisdictions have local bans, with expiration dates next May.

Ashland officials say there are two proposed dispensaries, but one is too close to houses. The second will need to get a conditional use permit, which could take at least 45 days.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/