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By Jess Macinko
News Editor 

Pot ban made permanent

 


The sunset clause has been repealed, cementing Klickitat County’s ban on marijuana business.

Yesterday, the Board of County Commissioners accepted a planning commission recommendation to repeal the sunset clause of Ordinance O063015, which prohibits the establishment of new marijuana businesses and limits expansion of pre-existing ones.

The repeal means the ordinance no longer has an expiration date. Barring future action by the board, it will stand as county code.

There may be a silver lining for the county’s established growers, processors, and retailers. Though the ban limits expansion of pre-existing businesses, Planning Department Director Mo-chi Linbad said businesses established before Oct. 21, 2014 should be able to expand or make improvements concurrent with limits defined in their original licenses. Linbad advised businesses to contact the Planning Department with improvement proposals to determine their eligibility.

 

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