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Feb 12

Recreational Marijuana Interim Regulations Amended and Extended

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 9:09 am by Nick Little

At Tuesday's BOCC meeting, Cowlitz County amended and extended its interim regulations on recreational marijuana land uses. 

The amended interim regulations allow for recreational marijuana producers, processors, and retailers to locate in Industrially zoned areas and areas designated by the Comprehensive Plan as Industrial , subject to special use permit approval.  The amendments did not effect the remainder of Cowlitz County's rural areas, where recreational marijuana land uses would still be prohibited until permanent regulations are adopted.

The interim regulations were also extended up to one year.  The goal however, is to complete the drafting and adoption of the regulations well before that.  Cowlitz County is currently forming a Marijuana Workgroup to help
advise the Planning Department in the drafting of Cowlitz County’s Recreational Marijuana Ordinance (CCC 18.01).  This group will offer advice in developing the scope of the ordinance, bring valuable insight to the drafting process, and help develop a consistent, fair ordinance.

The Marijuana Workgroup is proposed to consist of local citizens, planning commission members, industry experts and government agency representatives. If you are a Cowlitz County citizen or industry expert interested in participating in the drafting of the County’s recreational marijuana rules, please submit a letter of interest to either Nick Little, Operations Manager, at 360-577-3052, littlen@co.cowlitz.wa.us, or Elaine Placido, Director, placidoe@co.cowlitz.wa.us, by the close of business on Friday, February 21, 2014.  Please be aware that not all who apply may be selected, however interest and comments are encouraged throughout the drafting and review process.  The Workgroup will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in the Building and Planning Conference Room of the County Administration Building located at 207 Fourth Avenue North, Kelso, Washington.