City reschedules hearing on medical marijuana
September 20, 2011
Citizens can offer input on a proposed ordinance to address medical marijuana collective gardens next month.
The municipal Planning Policy Commission rescheduled a Sept. 22 public hearing on the proposed ordinance to Oct. 13. The commission meets at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall South, 135 E. Sunset Way.
Commissioners heard from medical marijuana advocates, city planners, Police Chief Paul Ayers and others at a Sept. 8 meeting about the proposal.
Under direction from the City Council, the municipal Planning Department is developing a measure to determine what or if business, safety and zoning restrictions should apply to such gardens.
Issaquah is in the midst of a six-month moratorium on the collective gardens. The council enacted the ban in June and, per standard procedure, held a public hearing on the issue in July.
The council agreed to uphold the ban, but after hearing from medical marijuana users and advocates, directed planners to formulate a solution as soon as possible.