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By Lou Marzeles

Planning commission votes no on pot ban


Lou Marzeles

Members of the City of Goldendale Planning Commission, Richard Hope (left) and Martin Taylor (second from left) listen as city attorney Ken Harper goes over a pint in the city's proposed ordinance on marijuana businesses. At far right is city administrator Larry Bellamy, who facilitated the meeting. Attending by speaker phone was commission member Sherry Carver. The commission stunned the audience by voting two to 3 to recommend that the city not adopt its proposed ordinance.

The City of Goldendale Planning Commission Thursday night voted to recommend that the city not implement a ban of future marijuana businesses, opposing an ordinance proposed by the city council to do just that.

An audience of mostly ban supporters sat stunned as the vote occurred, two to one. Members Martin Taylor and Richard Hope voted to oppose the proposed ordinance, with Sherry Carver, attending by speaker phone, being the only one to support it. Carver initially made a motion that the commission recommend to the city to move ahead with its proposed ordinance, but her motion was not seconded.

The commission is composed of five members appointed by the mayor. One position is currentl...

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