ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) -- One Oregon county that has pledged a moratorium on pot dispensaries is closer to making that ban a reality.

The pot shops were made legal statewide by the Legislature last year. Rules have been drawn up and stores can apply for dispensary licenses beginning March 3.

But the News-Register reports some Yamhill County commissioners fear that loopholes in the law will allow the dispensaries to operate as wholesale drug distribution outposts.

The commissioners ordered staff to prepare an ordinance would place a one-year moratorium on marijuana dispensaries in rural areas under county jurisdiction.

Their concerns are echoed in some communities around the state, which are girding themselves to be the equivalent of dry counties that ban alcohol sales.

Commissioner Kathy George says she supports a one-year moratorium to allow the Legislature to work through amendments to the law.

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