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County Hearing Examiner denies pot production permit

August 28th, 2014 - 5:35pm

(PORT ANGELES)-- The Clallam County hearing examiner has denied a permit for a legal marijuana growing operation in Carlsborg.

Ryan Palmer of Palmer Brothers Farms in Pierce County applied for a recreational marijuana operation on 6 acres at 322 Cassidy Road. The legal grow operation would have produced more than 5-thousand square feet of marijuana plant canopy inside a steel building and two greenhouses.

Hearing examiner, Mark Nichols pointed out a number of conflicts with county codes and policies of the Sequim-Dungeness Regional Planning Area that contributed to the demise of this conditional use permit.

Nichols pointed out the buyer wanted to install three non-residential structures, that combines would be 293 % larger than the average combined square footage of the 32 neighboring properties.

The decision called the scale of the development inconsistent with the character of the surrounding area. An additional county code disallowed the proposed marijuana producer as being considered an agricultural users. The county's Department of Community Development does not include marijuana production as agriculture, citing conflict with federal tax laws.

In addition to Nichols' legal findings, the Clallam County planners had recommended Nichols deny the permit, after area neighbors protested the plan.

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