Hoquiam to schedule public hearing on Marijuana
Last night, the Hoquiam City Council passed two moratoriums on marijuana and passed a resolution referring new zoning regulations for marijuana business and collective gardens to the Hearing Examiner to hold a public hearing.
The council extended their moratoriums on collective gardens and marijuana processing, producing, and retailing for another six months. Hoquiam City Councilman Ben Winkelman asked what would happen if they did not extend these moratoriums, and City Attorney Steven Johnson said that the city’s zoning would not be prepared with only the State’s buffer zones from schools and parks.
Johnson also said the Port has its concerns about the federal government cracking down on the state and all who have gone along with I-502.
None of the Marijuana related items passed unanimously as Winkelman voted NO on all three and Councilwoman Denise Anderson also voted NO on both of the moratoriums. Councilman Richard Pennant voted NO on one and recused himself from another because he has a vested interest in the future of the law with an application in with the Washington State Liquor Control Board.
A public hearing will be scheduled within the city to discuss a ban on all marijuana business until it become legal federally.