Starting next month, it'll be easier than ever to get high in the high desert.

On Monday, Deschutes County commissioners lifted a ban on new marijuana businesses in unincorporated areas of the county.

The move, first reported by The Bend Bulletin, overturns a ban enacted in December as county commissioners crafted regulations for the new industry. Now, commissioners say they'll strike the ban, because the rules are ready to be in place.

The Bend Bulletin reports:



Deschutes County Commission Chairman Alan Unger said Monday he believes the county is ready to move forward and create an opportunity for the new industry while also protecting the rural lifestyle.

“I think we have a good set of regulations,” Unger said. “The challenge is how do we put those into effect?”

The ban will be lifted Sept. 1.