As I've been planting and tending my tomato and hot and green pepper plants indoors, I'm reminded again of my concerns about medical marijuana gardens.
Richland, Kennewick and Pasco all have a moratorium on medical marijuana gardens. An attorney for the city of Kennewick states the city has been monitoring the bills introduced in this current legislative session to determine if the law would be changing anytime soon. Further, the city is also monitoring the position of the U.S. Attorney's Office as to the legality of medical marijuana gardens. That position has not changed: Possession, delivery and manufacturing marijuana is a felony.
I live in the city limits of Walla Walla adjacent to medical marijuana gardens to the north and west of my home by both tenant renters and property owners. There are lights, high fences, cameras and guards living in fifth wheels/travel trailers during the growing season.
Also, there is increased traffic as marijuana growers have many clients. One tenant grower brought in a 40-foot diesel bus and loaded his entire harvest one night and disappeared. A neighboring tenant was evicted because of drug activity.
As it stands now in the city of Walla Walla, all you need is a little patch of ground, some water, fencing (only if your crop is visible from a city street) and your clients' prescriptions requiring marijuana for their disease.
Having never smoked anything (but I am a chocolate addict!), I understand marijuana is beneficial for many types of disease. Possibly there has been discussion by the city officials, law enforcement personnel, lawyers and City Council members. I would appreciate a review of this issue for the city of Walla Walla in the Union-Bulletin.