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No decision yet on future Clallam property rules for marijuana operations

August 26th, 2014 - 5:37am

(Port Angeles) Clallam County commissioners were split and have made no decision on how to proceed with property use and legal marijuana operations.

A huge crowd packed the commissioners worksession yesterday as the debate unwound on how legal pot operations would effect property owners.

Community Development Department staff presented the commissioners with the latest information on conditional use permits for marijuana producers and processors and retailers.

So far, fifteen people have submitted applications to become producers and/or processors. Of those, six have been approved to open facilities within Clallam County.

Fourteen plan to have facilities between Port Angles and Sequim, while one other applicant is seeking use of property west of Port Angeles near Highway 112 and Camp Hayden Road.

The county has used conditional use permits to regulate where potential producers, processors and retailers can set up shop.

But commissioners are split as to how the county should proceed.

Commissioner Mike Chapman indicated that he was unsure on what the county's stance should be when it came to regulation. Commissioner Jim McEntire wanted to establish some standards for zoning along with a waiver process, while commissioner Mike Doherty favored a moratorium on the process.


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