The Redmond City Council will hold a public hearing at a regular meeting tonight (Feb. 19) to gather public input about an interim zoning ordinance prohibiting medical marijuana collective gardens and other marijuana related facilities.
• Ordinance: Approval of Interim Land Use Regulations and Official Controls; and Prohibiting Medical Cannabis Collective Gardens and Other Marijuana-Related Facilities and Uses
After the hearing, the council will consider the adoption of any additional findings as a result of public testimony.
The council enacted a moratorium in 2011 in response to changes in state law that allow jurisdictions to adopt zoning for collective gardens—areas where qualifying patients engage in the production, processing, transporting and delivery of marijuana for medical use as defined by a 1998 state law (RCW 69.50).
Redmond's moratorium prohibits the location, establishment, licensing and permitting of these gardens and at least at the time was similar to moratoriums in Kirkland, Woodinville and Lake Forest Park.
Rob Odle, the city's planning director told Patch previously that the moratorium would enable city staff to research the impacts of collective medical marijuana gardens and discuss possible regulations or restrictions.
Tonight's city council meeting takes place at 7:30 p.m. at 15670 NE 85th St.
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