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Island County marijuana ordinance to be unveiled

The public will be able to comment on the county’s new recreational marijuana ordinance this month.

A public hearing is set for 10:15 a.m. Monday, April 21, in the Board of County Commissioners Hearing Room in Coupeville. A second opportunity for public input will be available later that night at 6 p.m.

The county developed the ordinance in response to the state’s passing of Initiative 502, which legalized recreational marijuana. The county put a six-month moratorium in place in November while they researched and developed the regulations.

County leadership experienced some push back from potential growers on both the approval of the moratorium and a restriction on marijuana production in Ebey’s Landing National Reserve, which was removed by the Island County Planning Commission last month.

The Planning Commission held two public hearings on their recommendations for the ordinance. The completed ordinance now goes to the Island County Board of Commissioners for review and approval.  County leadership is hoping to have an ordinance in place before the moratorium expires in May.

The complete ordinance is posted online under the Planning and Community Development department at www.islandcounty.net.

 

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