Portland City Council Votes Down ‘Green Light’ Marijuana District

OREGON: The Portland City Council voted down the “Green Light District,” deciding against easing restrictions on marijuana sales in the central downtown area by lifting a 1,000-foot buffer between pot businesses.

Mayor Charlie Hales said the idea could be brought up at a later time.

Commissioner Dan Saltzman introduced the amendment. He believes a concentration of pot businesses in the central city including downtown, the Lloyd District and South Waterfront would attract tourists.

It would also keep pot shops from expanding into Portland neighborhoods.

Panel Discusses Marijuana Businesses, Zoning For Fairbanks

ALASKA:  Just where in the Fairbanks North Star Borough marijuana businesses should be allowed and under what conditions continued to be discussed Friday by a special panel convened by Mayor Luke Hopkins

It was the second meeting of the marijuana working group. Hopkins is working on a new zoning ordinance, dealing with pot businesses, that is expected to be introduced in the coming weeks.

Borough planners presented ideas via PowerPoint, offering a glimpse into the kind of zoning ordinance the mayor is crafting.

Possible zones compatible with marijuana facilities are agricultural, commercial, industrial and general use, according to borough planner Kellen Spillman.


School Board Tells Gig Harbor WA It Does Not Want Retail Marijuana

WASHINGTON:  The Peninsula School District Board of Directors will present an official resolution to the Gig Harbor City Council, asking the council to consider additional restrictions, including an outright ban, on retail marijuana in city limits.

The board approved the official language of the resolution unanimously. A six-month moratorium on retail marijuana was passed by the city council April 14. The city council will hold a public hearing on the moratorium at its June 9 meeting.

A public records request by the Gateway reveals that six feedback emails were sent regarding the resolution. All six emails opposed passage of the resolution, many of them mentioning that Initiative 502 passed 54 percent to 45 percent in Gig Harbor.

Board President Harlan Gallinger claims that the of the six emails, only one comes directly from a community member. The other five are linked to business interests and a former student, under the legal age limit for retail marijuana.

“The argument here is not about marijuana,” one letter reads. “It’s about the overreach of authority, the overrule of the majority of the public and the setting of a very dangerous precedent that will lead us down a very slippery slope.”


Redmond City Council Hosts Public Hearing On Legal Marijuana Zoning

WASHINGTON: The City of Redmond City Council will hold a Public Hearing in the Council Chambers, 15670 NE 85th Street, Redmond, Washington on June 17, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. on rules and regulations relating to marijuana that are in conflict with federal law; and to terminate current interim land use regulations governing the location and operation of marijuana and marijuana-related uses within the City.

All persons are invited to comment in person at the hearing, or in writing prior to the hearing, to the Planning Department at City Hall, P.O. Box 97010, Redmond, Washington, 98073-9710.  Telephone number: (425) 556-2440, Fax Number: (425) 556-4242, or e-mail mayorcouncil@redmond.gov.  Contact Deborah Farris (425-556-2465, dfarris@redmond.gov) for more information.A copy of the proposal will be available no later than June 13, 2014 from the Planning Department, 4th Floor of City Hall and on the City’s web site

Medical Marijuana Shop In Ballard Closing Because Of New Rules Under I-502

WASHINGTON:  Green Ambrosia, the medical marijuana store in Ballard, is closing down this weekend because, the owner said, it would be in violation of the state rules set up for the sale of recreational pot stores.

Green Ambrosia owner Dante Jones said his shop would be in violation of the I-502 regulatory system so, instead of fighting it, they have no choice but to shut down. [Read more…]