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.