WALLA WALLA — A couple hoping to site a marijuana growing and processing operation in Walla Walla have withdrawn their application.
Gary and Teri Gall had applied for a conditional use permit to build the facility, Walla Walla Grow, at 2878 Melrose St.
In an email sent Tuesday to Jon Maland, principal planner with the Walla Walla Joint Community Development Agency, the Galls said they “wish to withdraw our conditional use permit application. Please take no further action other than to notify all parties involved of our wish to no longer continue.”
Gall had no further comment this morning other than to say, “I just feel it’s the best course of action at this time, given the public opposition.”
Although the community development staff recommended approval of the Galls’ request, subject to conditions regarding lighting, landscaping and other matters, surrounding landowners expressed opposition to the facility.
Objections ranged from the effect on property values, aesthetic concerns with the appearance of the facility and the potential smell generated by the maturing marijuana plants.
The Galls also have a pending application with the Washington State Liquor Control Board for a license to grow and process recreational marijuana, but the license has not yet been granted, according to information released Tuesday by the board.
The liquor control board grants licenses to grow, process and sell pot, but local jurisdictions have the authority to regulate zoning and development regulations for such businesses.
The Galls were among 20 applicants seeking licenses to produce marijuana in Walla Walla County. As of Tuesday, the board has granted 49 licenses for growing operations in Washington state, but none in Walla Walla or Columbia counties, according to the latest list posted on the WSLCB website.
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