Medford considers lifting beehive ban

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Associated Press

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 9:02 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — The Medford City Council has been asked to lift its ban on beehives.

The Mail Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/X4c6tM ) that city resident Clint Oborn told the council this week that people should be allowed to keep bees to make their own honey.

Right now, Medford only allows beehives on land zoned for agricultural purposes. Oborn noted that Portland and several other Oregon cities allow small-scale beehives to produce honey within city limits, but only for personal consumption.

The council seemed receptive to the idea. Councilman Dick Gordon said he finds it interesting that people can grow medical-marijuana plants outside an agricultural zone, but can't have a beehive.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/

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