Officials recommend rejection of pot business


WALLA WALLA — City officials are recommending a rejection of a permit that, if approved, would the first commercial marijuana processing center to open.

This Wednesday, City Council will review a proposal to operate a production and processing facility at 1491 W. Rose St.

The applicants — Green Acre Labs LLC, Justin Lee, Kelli Powers and Doris Jacky — are requesting to put the facility in the old Burpee distribution building, which is also in a commercial highway zoned area, according to city documents.

The city’s new marijuana ordinances, however, allow production and processing facilities only in light industrial zones.

Council can still issue a conditional use permit to allow the facility, but staff is recommending against it.

Other requirements — such as the site being at least 1,000 feet from any child oriented facilities and that criminal background checks are passed — were satisfactorily met by the applicants, according to city documents.

The matter will be review by Council at its regular meeting Wednesday 7 p.m. at City Hall, 15 N. Third Ave.


tpeacock 1 year, 11 months ago

That would be the Bur-Bee building. Having been employed there for 15 years, this isn't the first time I've heard the name misinterpreted, but I would say this is pretty pathetic that a reporter would have any confusion regarding the name. As for the article itself; why fight the inevitable? All the money, time, and resources wasted all these years fighting against pot truly needs to cease. Listening to so-called experts who have no actual user experience with pot is akin to heeding driving advice from, someone who never sat behinds the wheel of any vehicle, but read many books and such geared toward the subject at hand.


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