– Thurston County Hearing on November 8, 2016 @ 3:00 PM (NEW TIME)
Regulating marijuana production & processing rural residential in Thurston County
“There will be an important Public Hearing on regulating marijuana production & processing in Thurston County on November 8, 2016 @ 3PM at the Thurston County Courthouse Building 1, 2000 Lakeridge Drive, Olympia
Please encourage all to attend to prevent the zoning of large-scale marijuana production and processing facilities in rural residential Thurston County.
Since January 2014 there have been 8 Interim Ordinances. A final Ordinance was proposed on Sept. 20, 2016, to regulate the zoning of large-scale marijuana production and processing operations in Thurston County. The first 5 Ordinances (#s: 14944, 14978, 15086, 15122, 15157) zoned marijuana production and processing within agricultural and rural residential areas of unincorporated Thurston County.
Following public outcry, and a review, Ordinances #15210 (Nov. 10, 2015) and #15292 (May 10, 2015) restricted zoning of marijuana production and processing to Commercial and Industrial districts ONLY.”
– Thurston County citizen Michelle Horkings submitted research regarding:
“The Impact of Marijuana Production and Processing Operations Zoned in Agricultural and Rural Residential Areas of Unincorporated Thurston County”
– Editor’s Note:
Government regulations have not kept up with corporate growers buying large tracts of land in our rural county areas to grow a large area of plants, destroying neighbors’ property values, safety, and rights to peace on their own land. The current regulations are insufficient to protect rural property owners who don’t want the associated crime, noise, 24/7 lights, security dogs, etc. Power plays from the aphrodisiac of dollars from these corporate behemoths have made this situation untenable for some of our friends and neighbors.
That these rural growing operations are allowed to continue unabated instead of confined to the county’s industrial areas, exploit our region and calls into question the values, integrity, and good sense of being responsible stewards of the environment.