The Oregon Government Ethics Commission will check out whether Linn County Commissioner John Lindsey violated state ethics laws by attempting to take advantage of his position to stop medical marijuana from being grown in his area south of Lebanon.
A problem was filed on July 17 by William Templeton of Albany, on behalf of himself and a number of member of the family associated with the cannabis operation at Butte Creek Estates.
Lindsey said he invites the investigation.
” I consulted with members of the Ethics Commission and brought paperwork,” Lindsey said. “We concerned an arrangement that they require to investigate, and I believe this problem needs to be investigated too. I want an examination of the problem itself.”
According to a report by the Government Ethics Commission, Mark Owenby and Michelle Page purchased the property in December 2016. The couple started developing a medical cannabis growing operation, including building a large greenhouse.
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 residential or commercial property owners “you chose the wrong area,” and “what you are doing is illegal.”
Templeton asserted that Lindsey went to a number of county departments searching for possible illegalities at the home.
Templeton also said Lindsey made copies of the homeowner’ Oregon Medical Marijuana Program permits and cards .
Because he feared the marijuana operation would lower house worths in the location, he likewise declared that Lindsey’s actions were being made in part.
The Ethics Commission kept in mind that public officials are forbidden from ” attempting or using to use their official positions to obtain a individual monetary advantage or avoid a personal monetary detriment, that would not have been offered but for holding the general public position.”
The commission report keeps in mind that extra examination will be required to ” identify whether Mr. Lindsey used means of access to county resources not offered to the public, whether the nature of Mr. Lindsey’s position affected county personnel’s responsiveness, or whether Mr. Lindsey directed county staff to hang around working on the matter.”
The report also kept in mind that had Lindsey made declarations such as ” exactly what you are doing is prohibited,” or “you picked the wrong area,” while presenting himself in an main capacity, he ” might have been attempting to utilize the impact of his position to stop the medical marijuana grow in his community in order to prevent a individual monetary detriment.”
Further examination is likewise had to identify whether Lindsey might have had a conflict of interest when he initiated a lawsuit calling the homeowner and others.
“There appears to be considerable unbiased basis to believe that one or more violations of Oregon Government Ethics law might have taken place as a outcome of Mr. Lindsey’s actions in relation to the cannabis being grown on Mr. Owenby and Ms. Page’s property in his area. The Oregon Government Ethics Commission must relocate to examine whether John Lindsey might have breached ORS 244.040( 1 ), ORS 244.040( 4) and ORS 244.120(2 (Motion 4),” said the report authorized by Ronald Bersin, the commission’s executive director.