Vancouver likely to follow state law on pot businesses

first_imgWith uncertainty over how far local jurisdictions can go in regulating state-licensed marijuana businesses, the city of Vancouver seems likely to simply follow state law.Proposed zoning regulations were reviewed Tuesday by the Vancouver Planning Commission and given a green light for a public hearing.The commission, which serves as an advisory group to the city council, will vote on the ordinance following a public hearing, 6 p.m. Jan. 28 at City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St.In September, the city council adopted a six-month moratorium on marijuana retail facilities to allow more time to enact zoning rules.Principal planner Bryan Snodgrass said Tuesday he anticipates the city council will vote on the ordinance before the moratorium expires in March.Tuesday’s meeting was a departure from a Jan. 8 work session with the Board of Clark County Commissioners, as Vancouver officials plan to follow state guidelines established under the voter-approved law.Initiative 502, which legalized possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana for adults ages 21 and older, was approved in 2012.The county, meanwhile, wants to prohibit the growing, processing or selling of marijuana in unincorporated areas until the federal government legalizes the drug.That stance may have to be revisited once Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson weighs in. There’s no timeline for Ferguson’s decision, but he was asked Nov. 1 by the chairwoman of the state Liquor Control Board whether local jurisdictions have the authority to ban state-licensed sellers and producers.Also Tuesday, a bill was introduced in the state House of Representatives to prohibit local jurisdictions from “preventing or impeding” the operation of commercial marijuana businesses licensed by the Liquor Control Board.last_img read more