City sets temporary restrictions on marijuana growers

City sets temporary restrictions on marijuana growers

KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The Bellingham City Council has approved new temporary restrictions on medical marijuana growers and future recreational marijuana growers.

Growing medical marijuana for one’s own personal use in Bellingham will only be allowed in single-family residential areas and not in apartments for the next year.

Assistant City Attorney Alan Marriner says the temporary restrictions will give the city a chance to study the land use impacts of the state’s new marijuana rules.

He says the city’s restrictions will be enforced based on complaints.

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The restrictions allow collective medical marijuana gardens to only grow in the city’s industrial zones.

It also creates a one year moratorium on applications for recreational marijuana businesses in Bellingham.

A public hearing on the temporary restrictions is scheduled for August 12.