Granger council to mull marijuana ban

Meeting to take place Tuesday

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Mayor Charles Wheaton

— The City Council will consider banning recreational marijuana businesses in the city at its regular 7 p.m. meeting Tuesday.

Mayor Charles Wheaton said he’s not expecting any surprises and suspects a decision will be made quickly.

“I don’t feel like there will be much discussion,” he said. “The Planning Commission has spent a lot of time on it and made their recommendation. So, that’s what they’ll consider.”

He said if the City Council goes with commission’s recommendation to ban marijuana businesses, staff will prepare an ordinance to be voted on March 22.

“If the council disagrees or wants more research, that will take more time,” he said.

The current moratorium on recreational marijuana businesses expires March 22.

The Planning Commission heard from Sgt. Raymond Asher of the Liquor and Cannabis Board in January to learn more about marijuana business regulations.

The commission also had public hearings on the subject. After several meetings, commissioners recommended a ban on recreational marijuana businesses. They also provided recommendations for zoning rules if the council decided against a ban.

Yakima County, Sunnyside and Grandview all have banned recreational marijuana businesses. The city of Mabton decided to allow permits nearly two years ago.

The only Lower Valley retail stores are in Prosser city limits and off Yakima Valley Highway between Prosser and Grandview.



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