What do I need to know?

This is not about the legalization or use of marijuana.  This is about where & how marijuana can be grown & processed in Whitman County.  This is about protecting public health, public safety, & the environment.  It's about using county resources wisely. 


  • Marijuana can currently be grown on any land zoned for agriculture.


  • If you live near or next to ag land (e.g. pasture land, wheat, barley, lentil or garb fields), marijuana can be grown there with NO restrictions.


  • Whitman County is currently NOT enforcing the Washington State Clean Air Act, RCW 70.94, in regard to noxious emissions given off by marijuana facilities.


  • The County Commissioners seem more concerned with losing the votes of college students than protecting the rights of property owners & long-term residents from the effects of marijuana facilities.


  • The owner of Selway Holdings, LLC wants to see "Pullman become a center of cannabis agriculture." (Daily Evergreen, January 25, 2019). 


  • Airport Rd. was referred to as "marijuana alley" at a recent public meeting, along with hopes that it would continue to expand.


  • Marijuana processing requires a zone change to 'light industry'.  The county has approved every zone change application it has received.


  • Other counties have bans and/or specific regulations on marijuana producers/processors.  Whitman County currently has none.


  • Marijuana operations are transferring their licenses to Whitman County because of the lack of regulations.


  • The Washington State Court of Appeals has ruled that counties have the authority to ban and/or regulate marijuana operations.


  • The Washington State Attorney General supports local bans of marijuana operations in order to protect I-502 against legal challenges.


  • The number of producer and processor licenses in Whitman County does not increase the marijuana excise tax revenue distribution to the county as the distribution formula is based on retail sales and population.   

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What does our Washington State Attorney General say?

In an op-ed to The Seattle Times in 2015 he [AG Ferguson] wrote: “While a patchwork system might not be perfect, allowing local bans of marijuana businesses actually protects the initiative against legal challenges.” 

What does a marijuana industry lawyer say about odor emissions from marijuana facilities in Washington state?

....a marijuana production or processing facility regardless of its location in the state is subject to air pollution regulations that can be used to enforce limits on odors and other emissions from the facility.  ~Michael A Nesteroff, The Pipeline Cannabis Law Advisor, July 7, 2017

Do Producers & Processors Bring Big Revenue? Economic Boost? No.

Increasing the number of producer and processor licenses in Whitman County would not impact the marijuana excise tax revenue distribution to the county as the distribution formula is based on retail sales and population.   

Aaron Hanson, Budget Supervisor

Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board

On March 4, 2019, Commissioners approved 6 month moratorium on marijuana businesses.

Marijauana Regulation in Washington State

What does the Attorney General say about the enforcement of new regulations on current businesses?

Chart showing total Whitman County Revenue from marijuana

Whitman County MJ Sales Tax and State Dist[737] (pdf)

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What you can do!

  • Attend Planning Committee Meetings.  The next meeting is scheduled for: October 2 @ 7pm. 310 N. Main St. Colfax.
  • Spread the word to your friends & family!  The marijuana industry has been allowed to grow unfettered in Whitman County because we have simply been unaware of what is going on.  Now is the time to act.
  • Sign the petition  
  • Email us at  healthypalouse@gmail.com if you'd like to help gather signatures on our paper petitions.
  • Send an email to the Commissioners via  maribethb@whitmancounty.net  (You will need to copy/paste into your email)

What are we asking for?

  • Common sense rules & ordinances to protect the environment and our community.
  • Enforcement of the Washington Clean Air Act.

 Sign the petition to

Establish a Whitman County Air Pollution Control Authority

What are other counties doing?

Most Washington counties have specific restrictions, regulations and ordinances in place to deal with marijuana grow and processing facilities.  Whitman County currently has none.  This is resulting in licenses being transferred from more restrictive counties to our extremely lenient county.

Articles

Learn about common issues linked

 to marijuana grow and processing facilities:

  • Smell, volatile organic compounds whose effects are unknown
  • Increased Crime
  • Lower Property Values
  • Lack of proper safety standards

Do marijuana grow and processor facilities benefit Whitman County?

No.


Despite claims of big revenue from marijuana sales, Whitman County has received only 103 thousand dollars to date from excise tax on retail sales.  

No direct revenue comes from producer/processing.


Residents on Airport Rd. have been deprived of the enjoyment of their property because of the noxious smell released by near-by marijuana grow and processing facilities.  In addition, their complaints were ignored by the county.

Media Coverage

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The media was there to cover the Board of County Commissioner's Public Hearing on April 29.  Citizens were unanimous in their call for a permanent ban on new marijuana operations & for regulations to be placed on current producer/processors . 



Attend Public Committee Meetings

11/6/2019

Planning Committee Meeting

7pm

Public Works-Maintenance Building, Public Service Auditorium, 310 N. Main St. Colfax, WA (Scroll down to bottom of page for map)

Event Details

11/6/2019

Planning Committee Meeting

Please note that Planning Committee meetings are every 1st Wednesday of the month, with the potential of an additional meeting on the 3rd Wednesday. The Planning Committee is tasked with recommending how the marijuana industry should be regulated in Whitman County.  Agendas & minutes from previous meetings can be found here:  http://whitmancounty.org/Page.aspx?pn=Planning+Division 

Current Draft of Marijuana Ordinance: http://www.whitmancounty.org/download/Public%20Works/Planning/Code%20Rev%20-%2019.64%20-%20MJ%20-%202019-09-27.pdf

7pm

Public Works-Maintenance Building, Public Service Auditorium, 310 N. Main St. Colfax, WA (Scroll down to bottom of page for map)

12/2019 TBD

Planning Committee Meeting

7pm

Event Details

12/2019 TBD

Planning Committee Meeting

7pm

1/2019 TBD

Planning Committee Meeting

7pm

Event Details

1/2019 TBD

Planning Committee Meeting

7pm