Hoquiam council to discuss marijuana ban


The Hoquiam City Council will once again discuss a pending marijuana ordinance that would ban all marijuana businesses within city limits at an April 14 meeting.

City Administrator Brian Shay said the council won’t make any decisions regarding the ordinance, but will consider a recommendation from Hearing Examiner Eric Toews. Toews conducted a public hearing at Hoquiam City Hall on March 20, which was only attend by three members of the public including Councilwoman Denise Anderson.

The marijuana ordinance was originally introduced in December as a means to regulate businesses that were legalized by a voter-approved initiative.

The original ordinance would have limited the businesses to industrial areas of the city, but Councilman Paul McMillan added an amendment at a January meeting, and, if passed, the new version will ban all marijuana businesses within the city limits until the substance is declared legal at the federal level.

The state Liquor Control Board began issuing marijuana producing and processing licences last month, but no licences have been issued in Grays Harbor County.

Hoquiam City Council meetings are held at Hoquiam City Hall at 7 p.m. on the first and third Monday of every month.

 

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