Sisters-area residents air views on pot shops in town

Only city residents will cast votes in November

Sisters residents give thoughts on pot shops

SISTERS, Ore. - Sisters residents showed up at a workshop Thursday night to give their thoughts on a proposal to allow recreational marijuana dispensaries to set up shop in town.

It'll show up on the Nov. 6 ballot. Also on the ballot will be an option to put a 3 percent tax on the sale of marijuana.

At the workshop, one person living in "Sisters Country" said her friend that owns a business in Bend has seen negative effects of a pot shop that recently opened nearby, saying it attracts the wrong kind of people.

"Clients and customers feel really uncomfortable, scared," Monika Piatt said. "Women, especially, have come into the businesses being afraid of people following them."

On Thursday night, the Sisters Planning Commission moved forward in writing the language of the codes people will be voting on. That language is being formed very carefully to make sure voters are well-informed, because the planners know there are strong feelings on both sides of this issue.

"The sensitivities around it -- we're well aware of that," Community Development Director Patrick Davenport said. "It would have to take into account the very small geography of our town, and the very small areas that these could possibly go in."

Only people living in the city of Sisters can vote on this issue, not people living in the outlying areas known as 'Sisters Country."

Davenport said he thinks it's a toss-up whether or not residents of Sisters will allow marijuana dispensaries in their town come November.

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