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Town to hold public hearing on retail pot law

Map of Friday Harbor land-use zones; light industrial is marked in light blue.  - Contributed art
Map of Friday Harbor land-use zones; light industrial is marked in light blue.
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The Friday Harbor Town Council will consider a new law as part of an Oct. 17 public hearing that would allow the production, processing or retailing of marijuana in land-use zones designated light industrial as part of an Oct. 17 public hearing, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Crafted in response to I-502, a statewide initiative approved by voters in 2012 legalizing recreational use of marijuana for adults 21 years of age or older, the new is intended to be consistent with rules adopted by the state Liquor Board.

Those rules prohibit marijuana production or retailing within 1,000 feet of the perimeter of any “elementary or secondary school, playground, recreation center or facility, child care center, public park, public transit center, or library, or any game arcade admission to which is not restricted to persons aged twenty-one years or older."

The Liquor Board rules are expected to go into effect Nov. 16.

Under the newly proposed law, a conditional-use permit would be required for production, growing, processing or retailing of marijuana in town light industrial zones.

For a map of town land-use zones, click here.

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions on I-502, click here.

 

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