LEAVENWORTH — The city of Leavenworth has a moratorium on recreational marijuana sales, and invites the public to discuss it at a public hearing at 6:45 p.m. Oct. 22 at city hall.
The city council voted 5-1 Sept. 24 to temporarily forbid cannabis sales under Initiative 502, passed by voters statewide in November, until state rules governing such sales are in place. City Administrator Joel Walinski said Wednesday the hearing will address the moratorium and how licensing cannabis sales points would integrate with the city’s comprehensive planning.
The state plans to start accepting license applications from potential cannabis producers and sellers Nov. 18. Chelan County would be allowed six pot sales locations.
Under the initiative, pot sales cannot take place within 1,000 feet of schools, parks, child care centers or libraries. Walinski said in Leavenworth, that would confine any sales to a single pair of strip storefronts along Highway 2 near River Bend Drive.
The state has until Dec. 1 to create sales rules. Uncertainty about such rules, as well as marijuana’s status as a federally outlawed drug, have many cities taking a wait-and-see approach.