Commission staff will investigate the matter and will hold a public meeting on Jan. 25, 2019.
According to a report by the Government Ethics Commission, Mark Owenby and Michelle Page purchased the property in December 2016. The couple began developing a medical marijuana growing operation, including constructing a large greenhouse.
The Ethics Commission noted that public officials are prohibited from using or attempting to use their official positions to obtain a personal financial benefit or avoid a personal financial detriment, that would not have been available but for holding the public position.

There appears to be substantial objective basis to believe that one or more violations of Oregon Government Ethics law may have occurred as a result of Mr. Lindseys actions in relation to the marijuana being grown on Mr. Owenby and Ms. Pages property in his neighborhood. The Oregon Government Ethics Commission should move to investigate whether John Lindsey may have violated ORS 244.040(1), ORS 244.040(4) and ORS 244.120(2 (Motion 4), said the report approved by Ronald Bersin, the commission's executive director.


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