Wednesday, March 12, 2014
GRANDVIEW – The Grandview City Council last night followed through with its decision to prohibit recreational marijuana businesses from operating within city limits.
The path to the final decision was seemingly long and tedious as Grandview first adopted a moratorium on the production, processing and sales of recreational marijuana last September.
During the past six months there were discussions regarding where marijuana businesses could be located within city limits, if the council amended zoning codes and ordinances.
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson in January announced that local municipalities have the right to regulate recreational marijuana businesses and the Grandview Planning Commission in February recommended a ban on such businesses.
The Grandview City Council soon after that directed the city’s attorney to draft an ordinance that prohibits the retail sales, production and processing of marijuana.
Attorney Quinn Plant last night presented that ordinance to the council for approval.
He reminded the council members that a new section in the Grandview Municipal Code was approved at the Feb. 25 city council meeting. The city council at that meeting adopted an ordinance that prohibits land use that is illegal under local, state or federal law.
Speaking of the ordinance approved last night, Plant said, “This provides more specifically that the sales, production and processing of recreational marijuana is prohibited within the city.”
“Most of the people I have talked to think council is doing the right thing,” Councilman Jesse Palacios said.
He said adopting such an ordinance makes sense to him, especially because the council is concerned with the safety, health and well-being of children in the community.
“I can’t see how making it easy (access to marijuana) would benefit children when we worked so hard on programs like DARE,” said Palacios.
Councilwoman Joan Souders concurred, stating citizens have approached her to thank the Grandview City Council for its decision.
The ordinance prohibiting marijuana businesses was approved unanimously.