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Pot Zones Approved

Posted on 28th February 2014 at 17:06

Saying that they had time to reflect and confer with citizens on the issue, the Longview City Council reversed course and voted to approve the ordinance that sets zoning rules for marijuana-related businesses in the city, passing those rules on a unanimous 7-0 vote. Mayor Don Jensen says that most of the concerns dealt with local control. He says that decisions should be made here, not in Olympia…lvpotzones…Council member Mike Wallin offered an amendment to the ordinance, asking to require special use permits for marijuana producers, processors and retail outlets, saying that such a requirement would install another layer of protection for the city and its citizens. That amendment failed; Council member Tom Hutchinson says that it was a thinly-veiled attempt to put additional roadblocks up in front of legitimate businesses that would be coming into town. With the passage of the ordinance, the moratorium on marijuana-related businesses in the city of Longview is lifted.