LifePac Interview/Correspondence with Mr. Friedman:
"We talked about a marijuana dispensary in Camas.
As you know, this was extensively discussed and action taken by the
City Council. Camas was and is not a city to house a dispensary.
I’ve heard of no clamoring for one since. With Camas’ limited
commercial areas, there are certainly more pressing needs especially
when dispensaries are located a reasonable distance from the city
limits on 192nd, and are accessible through C-Trans’ shuttle
history, I would not put a dispensary on my list of Camas’ needs. As
someone who is expectedly unbiased in reviewing future applications
I cannot say what I would do on a specific application. I do say I
would not look for that kind of use. Moreover, in the event an
application came up I would suggest to the Council, if there is any
interest in approval, it be placed on a ballot for public vote
should they wish to change current precedence. With Camas’ strong
attraction as a family destination, and limited space, I believe
voters would reject changes to allow a dispensary."
"As mayor, I will make no effort to bring the
issue back. Period. My only hesitancy is if somehow the issue is
brought up I have a duty to listen, as I will have for any citizen
Having said that, my position is and would be to
to consider it only if four people on Council ask it put on an
agenda. I would have to set it for an agenda, and respectfully
listen. I see no reason to change council precedent and position
In the unlikely event it was desired to put it
for council discussion, I would make sure it is a robust discussion
including the police, schools, and people like you have the
opportunity to weigh in. Again, I would see no reason to change it,
but as you point out it is not my decision in the end.
In short, I will do nothing to facilitate in any
manner a change."
LifePac: Given the significant public health
consequences of mj (AMA
holds firm in calling it a dangerous drug), would you have the
conviction to lead the community as mayor and veto a council attempt
to commercialize mj in Camas?
Mr. Friedman: Yes, I would veto it, though
overriding the veto just takes one additional vote.