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.

The commission report notes that additional investigation will be necessary to determine whether Mr. Lindsey used means of access to county resources not available to the public, whether the nature of Mr. Lindseys position influenced county staffs responsiveness, or whether Mr. Lindsey directed county staff to spend time working on the matter.

Templeton also said Lindsey made photocopies of the property owners Oregon Medical Marijuana Program cards and permits.



Templeton asserted that Lindsey went to several county departments searching for possible illegalities at the property.
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.
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.
Commission staff will investigate the matter and will hold a public meeting on Jan. 25, 2019.
He also alleged that Lindseys actions were being made in part because he feared the marijuana operation would reduce home values in the area.



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.
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