FERNDALE - City Council will consider extending the moratorium on new applications for marijuana growers, processors and retailers at its meeting Monday night, Aug. 18.
The council first approved an emergency moratorium in March to block new applications for marijuana businesses, and city staff is recommending council extend the moratorium another six months.
The city is concerned that people who had applied to open marijuana businesses in areas with bans or moratoriums would be able to relocate to other cities without those restrictions, City Clerk Sam Taylor said.
With the state still processing more than 2,000 applications for marijuana businesses, that left the city with a lot of uncertainty as to how many businesses might make their home in Ferndale, with not much clarification from the state Liquor Control Board.
"It's about our comfort level with how many applications we might get because of how many are left, as well as being able to understand the rules of the state and what's going to happen with various lawsuits related to marijuana bans," Taylor said.
The moratorium would not affect businesses that completed their applications before the state's Dec. 20, 2013, deadline. So far, two producers have been licensed for Ferndale: SubX, 1419 Whitehorn St., and Ocean Grown Enterprises, 6181 Portal Way, Suite A. Another larger producer, Sasquatch Greenhouses, was approved outside of city limits at 3171 Unick Road, Suite B.
Taylor said he hopes the council will have a robust discussion about the moratorium at its public hearing Monday. The council already has adopted regulations for marijuana growers, processors and retailers.
"While we do have a moratorium, we have worked to make sure we're respecting the will of the voters in our state," Taylor said.