Supporters scramble to lift county pot ban

VALE – New activists have stepped into an expanding effort to lift the ban on recreational marijuana sales in Malheur County.

Ontario City Recorder Tori Barnett confirmed June 27 that Tate Kapple, a Spokane marijuana entrepreneur, pulled his ballot petition to legalize retail marijuana sales in Ontario. Barnett said he pulled the petition June 22. Kapple had not collected signatures.

Barnett said Portland resident Jeremy Archie has filed a new ballot measure to lift the city’s ban and the Malheur County clerk has approved a prospective petition by county resident Stormy Ray to revoke the county’s embargo on legal pot sales.

The Malheur County Court June 27 set in motion the process to create a county rule that would impose a sales tax on marijuana sales. The county has scheduled hearings on the matter for July 18 and Aug. 8 . . .