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Grandview City Council directs attorney to develop ordinance banning marijuana businesses within city limits

GRANDVIEW – The city of Grandview is one step closer to an official ban of recreational marijuana retailers, processors and producers within city limits.

At last night’s regular city council meeting the council members unanimously passed a motion directing Attorney Quinn Plant to develop an ordinance banning marijuana businesses.

The city council held a study session earlier in the evening to discuss the issue. The Grandview Planning Commission recommended the city ban such businesses and Plant forwarded that recommendation to the council during the study session.

Two citizens, who did not wish to give their names during the study session, also spoke to the matter.

The couple said they have lost two children because of individuals who abused drugs. The couple was concerned that marijuana has a negative impact on minors.

“We lost two sons,” said the man.

He and his wife told the council their children did not themselves use drugs, but it was made known to them that the individuals who murdered their sons did use drugs.

The man said they witnessed minors using drugs at a funeral, as well. The man said the youngsters indicated that marijuana is now legal and therefore, it was not a problem.

“We can’t think about the money…we have to think about the people,” he said.

The wife told the council that drug abuse doesn’t just affect one family. She said, “It affects many people.”

Plant told the city council that since the Jan. 29 planning commission meeting, he has learned of two applications for marijuana retail businesses. The applications are pending with the Washington State Liquor Control Board.

He provided the city council with information regarding the city’s current zoning regulations. He also told the council it has the option of imposing land use and business license requirements for recreational marijuana retailers, processors and producers.

Plant told the council that the Washington state attorney general examined the state statutes, taking the position that “…the city council retains full zoning and police power authority to implement such regulations as the city council finds appropriate in the reasonable exercise of its legislative authority.”

He said there is some disagreement and there is legislation pending that could impact the question.

Plant told the council it could face the risk of litigation, as well as the possibility of legislative changes.

The Grandview City Council, having heard from the citizens and Plant, decided to move forward with the ban.

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