Wednesday, November 27, 2013
GRANDVIEW – The city of Grandview currently has in place a 6-month moratorium on licensing marijuana retailers, processors and producers.
Wanting to be proactive, the council last night (Tuesday) heard from Attorney Quinn Plant what options are available in regard to issuing future licenses and regulating marijuana businesses.
Plant said the city could ban businesses from operating within city limits. He said there are other municipalities that have chosen to enact bans.
When asked if the city would potentially risk litigation if it chose to ban marijuana operations, Plant said there are larger cities that have already approved bans.
“(Grandview) would most likely observe any legal action from afar,” said Plant.
He said the regulations that are in place imply any marijuana retailers, producers or processors would have to comply with municipal codes. Because of that he said the city of Grandview could enact zoning codes that are “creative.”
Plant said zoning regulations can make it difficult for more than one or two marijuana businesses to operate within the city limits.
The other option is to “do nothing,” meaning a marijuana business could potentially receive its license from the Washington State Liquor Control Board and open for business in any location within the city.
The Grandview City Council said it wasn’t comfortable with the idea of enacting a ban. Mayor Pro Tem Pam Horner said she wants the city to enact zoning codes to control where marijuana businesses can be located.
The discussion ended with the Grandview City Council by a 6-0 vote referring the issue to the planning commission to review and issue zoning regulations.