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Pot retailer denied permit to open store near PA

July 28th, 2014 - 3:35pm

(Port Angeles) A potential marijuana retailer was denied a permit to open a store in Port Angeles, because it would have been too near a building that caters to young girl gymnasts.

The County's Community Development Director, Sheila Roark Miller, wrote a letter of response to the potential pot retailer, notifying her that the proposed site would violate state law because of its proximity to the Klahhane Gymnastics Studio.

The studio is located at 33-18 Acorn Lane, near the Port Angeles Walmart.

The person seeking the permit has since had her attorney request that the County rescind its decision for banning the permit, and the matter now resides with the county's legal department, who will deal with the attorney representing the retailer.

The three county commissioners approved the letter in their Monday work session.

There was some debate, spurred by Commissioner Mike Doherty, on refining the criteria process for those persons wanting to establish a retail marijuana outlet.

Currently, those applying for zoning permits are granted or denied a permit during what is now, a hearing examiner process.

Roark Miller says that the process could take her office up to two months to complete.

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