Planning commission finalizes marijuana recommendations

CHELAN COUNTY – The planning commission finalized recommendations for commissioners to regulate marijuana grow operations in Chelan County. Among the recommendations is a 2000 ft. buffer for outdoor farms. That’s roughly more than 6 1/2 football fields. The Central Washington Growers Association says the recommendations will effectively shut down outdoor marijuana farms in Chelan County.

Chelan County Planning Commission discusses recommendations for county marijuana regulations
Chelan County Planning Commission discusses recommendations for county marijuana regulations

County Commissioners to Decide Final Regulations

The meeting agenda was changed to allow the planning commission to hear comments from the public at the beginning.   They also pointed out that while the county commissioners usually follow their recommendations, final regulations are decided by the county commissioners.

Members Disagree on Marijuana Recommendations

The committee was split on some of the big issues including whether to recommend a ban on all outdoor marijuana farms.  Four members were in favor of a ban with the other five in disagreement.  The committee also stated that it was difficult for them to provide a clear set regulations on outdoor farms, especially to deal with odor.  They said they would like to see some guidelines put forth by the marijuana industry.

Now that the recommendations have been approved by the planning commission, documents still must be drafted and submitted to the county commissioners.  No time frame was indicated as to when the documents will be available to the county commissioners or public.

Caitlein Ryan, President - Central Washington Growers Association, responds to marijuana recommendations
Caitlein Ryan, President – Central Washington Growers Association, responds to marijuana recommendations

Three Farms Required to Close Operations

In the meantime, letters have gone out to three growers, requiring them to shut down operations in less than week.  Caitlein Ryan, the President of the Central Washington Growers Association, said three farms have been targeted because the owners have been more vocal during the debate.  Ryan says they are in the appeal process and will take it to court if necessary.

See Also:

  • Central Washington Growers Association website
  • Central Washington Growers Association on Facebook

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