Whatcom council, prosecutor to chart course for marijuana businesses

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDAugust 5, 2013 

The Whatcom County Council will discuss how to handle applications for marijuana businesses on Tuesday, Aug. 6, with the prosecutor and the planning department.

The county has received at least two inquiries from prospective applicants - one who would grow marijuana in the county, and another who would open a retail store. In the meeting at noon, the council, planning staff and Prosecutor Dave McEachran will review the actions taken by county planners so far and discuss how best to approach marijuana businesses as the state prepares to make them legal by early next year.

One option is a temporary moratorium on marijuana enterprises, which Bellingham enacted on July 1.

"I'm sure the council is probably going to be thinking about that," McEachran said. He would not say in an interview Thursday, Aug. 1, whether he would recommend a moratorium to the council.

The meeting will be held at the courthouse, 311 Grand Ave.

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