WASHINGTON: Never let it be said White Salmon is slow to adapt.
The tiny S.W. Washington city is considering making the transition from arresting people for selling marijuana to selling pot itself.
The city council is scheduled to discuss doing so at a meeting Monday night, said Mayor David Poucher. It would likely be competing for a license with private interests.
“I think that it’s an idea that is absolutely worth investigating. I still think we need a lot more information before we make a decision yes or no.”
The idea came into focus after North Bonneville, which is 30 miles east of White Salmon, had a similar discussion.
Poucher said that, while he voted against legalizing marijuana in Washington, the city could use the cash. White Salmon has lost $60,000 in tax revenue since the state got of the business of selling liquor
“I’m not in favor of including another intoxicant into society, so I’m not really a big fan of it,” he said. “But at the same time, I was looking at it and saying wow, if you’re going to have it, can we make money with it? Can the city make money with it?”
Poucher said it’s not his decision to make – the final call belongs to the city council. He said he expects a decision to be made in the next 10 days.