Small Northeast Oregon town to vote on marijuana, again – Bend Bulletin
More than four years after voters in Halfway decided by a narrow margin that they did not want a marijuana dispensary in their town in eastern Baker County, the topic has returned to their ballots.
The 257 registered voters in Halfway will decide in the May 18 election whether to allow not only dispensaries but other marijuana-related businesses, including growers, producers and processors.
In November 2016, Halfway voters, by a margin of about 10 votes, agreed to ban marijuana dispensaries.
Amy Olley of Halfway is one of the chief petitioners for Measure 1-107, along with Dianna and Josh Welch.
Olley said she and her husband, Derek, would like to open a marijuana dispensary in Halfway, which is about 55 miles east of Baker City.
The couple initially proposed to open a dispensary in Halfway in 2016, prior to voters banning such businesses.
Amy Olley, 40, said that after the 2016 vote, she waited to pursue the matter until her three children were school age.
“I’m a mom, and family came first for me,” Olley said.
Olley, who moved to Halfway about six years ago, said she and her husband became interested in cannabis after her husband, who played football at Boise State University from 1998 to 2001,