Community input is sought on medical marijuana moratorium
July 12, 2011
Issaquah leaders enacted a six-month moratorium on medical marijuana collective gardens June 20, as the city prepares to address a state law meant to clarify the hazy rules surrounding medical marijuana.
Now, community members can offer input to the City Council about the moratorium at a public hearing during a July 18 meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall South, 135 E. Sunset Way.
Members enacted the moratorium in a unanimous decision. State law authorizes a city to impose a moratorium as leaders consider possible land-use or zoning changes. The pause is meant to allow city leaders to consider options for collective gardens before updated state laws for medical marijuana collectives take effect July 22.
The moratorium also prompted questions about the only medical marijuana collective in Issaquah.
GreenLink Collective appealed in March after the city denied a business license to the downtown medical marijuana collective. The city denied the application, because planners decided the collective is more similar to a drugstore or a pharmacy, rather than a social services organization. The city hearing examiner denied the appeal June 20.