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Portland City Council denies plan for 'green light district' for pot shops

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The Portland City Council has denied a plan to create a so-called green light district for pot shops.

Commissioner Dan Saltzman proposed the plan and told FOX 12 he wanted to lift a restriction that would require pot shops to be a certain distance apart from each other. In the end, his fellow council members did not think it was a smart idea.

It's been two weeks since medical marijuana dispensaries started selling recreational pot, and recreational pot store will be allowed to open next year. So the city council is trying to iron out their regulations.

The original rules said there has to be a buffer of 1,000 feet between pot shops and all stores must be at least 1,000 feet away from a school.

Commissioner Saltzman proposed an amendment to lift the buffer between shops saying something like a green light district in Portland could be a big draw for tourism.

People who testified in Wednesday's hearing brought some issues to light including the fact that people who have mortgages on buildings in the city cannot operate a business that is still federally illegal.

Commissioner Saltzman said it's a major setback that the council voted down his amendment.

"Yeah, I think Oregon and Portland will be a tourism draw regardless whether we have relaxed boundaries in the central city. Yeah, I think people will be coming here and they'll be coming here to consume recreational marijuana," said Commissioner Saltzman.

The city council will vote on final regulations for pot shops next week.

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