Following on the heels of the Board's decision, Board Chairman Bill Elfering took immediate steps, as promised in the meeting, to appoint a committee to study the issue and determine if regulations or restrictions could possibly be drawn under which some kind of assistance could be provided to those with a legitimate need for medical marijuana. Some medical professionals have indicated that marijuana may be beneficial in certain cases. Appointed to the committee were County Commissioner George Murdock, Umatilla County Public Health Department Manager Sarah Williams, Umatilla County Planning Department Manager Tamra Mabbott, County Counsel Doug Olsen, and Undersheriff Jim Littlefield.
"The committee's task is a difficult one," Elfering said. "It will weigh the complexities of the issue considering what is legally possible and recommend what action, if any, the Board of Commissioners should take." No timeline has been suggested for the committee.