Oregon Public Broadcasting

The ban on collective medical marijuana gardens in Clark County still stands, for at least another year.

That's according to a report in The Columbian newspaper.

A one-year moratorium on the gardens expired last month, but Clark County commissioners say the matter still needs more study.

Commissioners are concerned that, while Washington state has allowed medical marijuana use, the federal government still sees the drug as illegal.

State lawmakers authorized the communal pot gardens in 2011, allowing medical marijuana growers to pool resources and establish gardens where as many as 10 patients can grow up to 45 plants.

There is no ban on individuals growing medical marijuana at their own homes.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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