Ferndale WA Approves Marijuana Businesses Along I-5 Corridor

WASHINGTON: Despite the reservations of two City Council members, Ferndale’s leaders decided on Monday, Nov. 4, that they were ready to allow marijuana businesses along the city’s Interstate 5 corridor.

In a 5-2 vote with Jon Mutchler and Keith Olson opposed, the council agreed to permit outfits that grow or process marijuana in general business, light industrial and manufacturing zones. The state has allotted Ferndale one retail marijuana store, which can be located in any zone that allows commercial sales.

Because of a state rule requiring marijuana businesses to locate more than 1,000 feet from schools, parks, libraries and similar places, all allowed properties are along I-5. The 1,000-foot rule prevents a marijuana retailer from opening on Main Street downtown.

The state finalized rules for marijuana businesses last month, following a state initiative approved by voters one year ago that legalized recreational marijuana. The state will start accepting marijuana business applications on Nov. 18.

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