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County using zoning codes to control "legal" marijuana operations

April 17th, 2014 - 5:28am

(Port Angeles) When Washington voters approved leaglizing recreational marijuana, a number of responsibilities were passed to to local governments as to how they would regulate the growers, processors and retailers of cannabis.

The state Liquor Control Board is limiting the number of retail outlets in Clallam County to six.

The legal growers and processors, do not face the same limitations to operate as do retailers. There is no limit on the number allowed to operate in the county.

But Clallam County is placing some restrictions on their operation through conditional use permits for non-industrial zones, which will subject them to zoning restrictions.

County planning manager Steve Gray says a new memo from the community development department spells out two types of zoning where growers and producers may locate.

So far, Gray says only two people have applied for conditional use permits to grow marijuana in Clallam County. Most of the growing operations are expected to be indoor operations, consisting of either greenhouse grows or hydroponics, as Washington weather is not conducive to year round growing of cannabis.

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