PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon officials are only months away from accepting applications for the state's first medical marijuana dispensaries, but local leaders who want to keep pot shops out of their communities are clearing the ground for a fight.

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In Medford, the city council made a rule change to say that business licenses could be revoked for any violation of the law, including the federal prohibition of pot.

And in Myrtle Creek, the town's police chief and mayor both say they oppose dispensaries within city limits.

But marijuana advocates say such plans fly in the face of a newly enacted state law intended to give patients a safe and reliable place to get medical pot.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals previously stated that federal rules forbid marijuana dispensaries.

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