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By Lou Marzeles

City meeting on pot shop hears strong views, divided stands among council


Lou Marzeles

STIRRING THE POT:An overflow crowd filled the city council meeting room at city hall Thursday night to discuss I-502.

A hastily arranged special Goldendale city council meeting was held last Thursday ostensibly to report to the council developments on the opening of a marijuana retail outlet. Despite only two days' notice, the meeting drew an overflow crowd and sharp remarks from both supporters of the shop and those opposing it.

City Administrator Larry Bellamy began by providing an historical overview of how the city came to be close to having a pot shop. Discussion among the council members ensued, followed by public comment. The meeting was close to three hours long.

Quinn Plant, an attorney from the Yakima firm of Menkey Jackson and Beyer which represents the city of Goldendale, then spoke to the le...

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