It looks like marijuana dispensaries in Roseburg will be allowed to deliver their products and expand their hours following a decision by the Roseburg City Council this week.

The matter of whether a dispensary can offer delivery services had already been decided, it just wasn’t widely known. In December, Rob Schuster, the owner of FX420 in Roseburg, asked the council to expand the allowable hours of operation for dispensaries and give him the ability to deliver. City staff said they had to research the matter.

That research determined that delivery had been allowed all along, since the city followed a set of rules put forth by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which oversees marijuana dispensaries in the state.

At Monday’s City Council meeting, city staff confirmed that OLCC regulations allow delivery with a number of restrictions, including delivery is limited to a dwelling such as a house or apartment but not a dormitory, hotel, motel, bed and breakfast or similar commercial business; an order must be received by the dispensary before 8 p.m. on the day the delivery is requested, and deliveries must be made before 9 p.m. and may not be made between the hours of 9 p.m. and 8 a.m.; the order must be delivered to the individual who placed it; and the order cannot be delivered to an individual who is visibly intoxicated.

Schuster had also asked that the city expand its allowed hours of operation for dispensaries. The city allows them to be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day except Sunday, when they must close by 6 p.m. Those hours are more restrictive than state rules, which allow marijuana dispensaries to operate daily from 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.

At Monday’s meeting, the City Council voted 4-3 to expand the allowable hours of operation to the state rules. City staff at the meeting said they had to draw up a formal ordinance to change the hours, and that ordinance would be voted on at an upcoming meeting.

“I have no desire to be a mobile dispensary,” Schuster told the council Monday. “All I want to do is increase my business and make a profit.”

Schuster said he would likely charge a surcharge for delivery, although he hadn’t determined how much that would be yet.

He also said he has 10,000 customers in his dispensary a month, which would make him the highest volume dispensary in the county by far. Like all dispensaries, he pays the state a 20% tax rate on his sales — or about $60,000 a month, Schuster said.

Some of that money trickles back to the City of Roseburg. This last fiscal year Roseburg collected nearly $200,000 in taxes from the eight licensed dispensaries in the city, Communications Specialist Eric W. Johnson said.

The matter of extending dispensary hours is scheduled for discussion and a possible first reading a the next City Council meeting, scheduled for Feb. 10, City Recorder Amy L. Sowa said. If the council moves forward with the first reading, a second reading would be scheduled for Feb. 24. If the extended hours are approved at that meeting, the new ordinance would go into effect March 25, Sowa said.

Scott Carroll can be reached at scarroll@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4204.

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mynamehere

According to the CDC alcohol kills 88,000 Americans each year. Tobacco kills 480,000 Americans each year. Marijuana kills 0 Americans each year. Yet they continue to treat Marijuana as if it's a poison with silly restrictions, regulations and fees.

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