WASHINGTON: In a city where most voters did not want to legalize recreational marijuana, the City Council on Monday, Nov. 4, could decide where marijuana establishments will be allowed once shops and growers open for business next year.
State voters in 2012 approved Initiative 502 - legalizing the production, processing and sale of marijuana – with 56 percent in favor, but only 49 percent of Ferndale voters supported the initiative.
“Ferndale is certainly more hesitant than the rest of the state on this, so I think that’s saying to us, ‘Let’s be cautious on this,’” council member Jon Mutchler said.
The state, which has just written 43 pages of rules to regulate most aspects of the legal marijuana trade, will begin accepting license applications on Nov. 18. All that’s left for local governments is to decide where the businesses should go, and how to handle impacts such as traffic, and water and sewer use.
After a public hearing, the city Planning Commission decided on what city staff called a “straightforward” extension of the state rules: