The Chehalis City Council is discussing limiting the number of marijuana processing, production and growing facilities in the city.
During a briefing last week on cannabis facilities in the Chehalis Industrial Zone, councilor Terry Harris said the council should decide if it wants to limit the number of marijuana-related businesses and processors the city will allow. He encouraged the council to decide how many licenses it wants to issue within the community.
Harris also said he’d like the council to limit the amount of processing allowed by placing a limit on cubic footage of growth facilities.
Dennis Osborn, Chehalis community development director, said the city now has one retail marijuana facility and one production facility, with a couple of pending applications for more.
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Mayor Dennis Dawes said he is worried that with a countywide moratorium on marijuana facilities, and with Centralia all but banning the industry by zoning it to a very small area, those interested in setting up shop will come to Chehalis, filling empty storefronts with multiple marijuana-related businesses.
“I’m not interested in being top 10 in marijuana storefronts, nor do I want to be the one that collects the most taxes on this,” he said.
City Manager Merlin MacReynold said an ordinance could be provided to the council on limiting the marijuana industry in the city, which would give the council more time to think about the topic.
Dawes said applications already completed have a right to finish the process.