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City council considers interim pot zoning

City council considers interim pot zoning

KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The Bellingham City Council could give future marijuana entrepreneurs a better idea of where they can operate within the city at their meeting tonight.

The council passed an emergency moratorium July 1 on any applications for recreational marijuana businesses.

Council member Seth Fleetwood says they will consider passing interim zoning rules so that people who want to apply for state licenses can know where the city is likely to allow pot businesses.

Seth Fleetwood on interim zoning

Currently, medical marijuana operations in Bellingham are limited to industrial zones that are a thousand feet away from any schools, parks or playgrounds.

The Washington State Liquor Control Board will open a 30-day window to apply for licenses to grow, process or sell recreational marijuana starting September 16.

The council will discuss the interim zoning rules at today’s committee meeting starting at 1:15 p.m. and hold a public hearing at the council meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m.