The Oregon Government Ethics Commission will investigate whether Linn County Commissioner John Lindsey violated state ethics laws by attempting to use his position to stop medical marijuana from being grown in his neighborhood south of Lebanon.
Commission staff will investigate the matter and will hold a public meeting on Jan. 25, 2019.
Further investigation is also needed to determine whether Lindsey may have had a conflict of interest when he initiated a lawsuit naming the property owners and others.
He also alleged that Lindsey’s actions were being made in part because he feared the marijuana operation would reduce home values in the area.
Templeton charged that in 2017, Lindsey visited the property and presented a business card noting he was a county commissioner. Templeton also asserts that Lindsey told the property owners “you picked the wrong neighborhood,” and “what you are doing is illegal.”
A complaint was filed on July 17 by William Templeton of Albany, on behalf of himself and several family members associated with the marijuana operation at Butte Creek Estates.
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