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Commissioners extend moratorium on new marijuana operations

Commissioners extend moratorium on new marijuana operations

The Okanogan County commissioners have extended a moratorium on new marijuana operations through the end of June to prevent people from getting in under current rules. The commissioners are considering stricter controls in a new zoning code that is under review. The resolution, adopted on May 3, states that …
County considers zoning code revisions for marijuana operations

County considers zoning code revisions for marijuana operations

After two packed hearings about proposed changes to how Okanogan County regulates marijuana operations, the county has received three formal suggestions for its new zoning code. Up to now, marijuana has been treated like any other type of crop. The draft zoning code proposes requiring a special permit for any new marijuana operations, which includes...
Speakers hail pot’s economic impact at zoning hearing

Speakers hail pot’s economic impact at zoning hearing

The vast majority of the literally overflow crowd that showed up for a planning commission hearing this week came to talk about the impacts of proposed zoning changes on the county’s budding marijuana industry and economy.
Suspect charged with burglary at marijuana store in Winthrop

Suspect charged with burglary at marijuana store in Winthrop

An Oregon resident was booked into Okanogan County Jail last Friday (March 18) in connection with a burglary at Fresh Greens, a licensed recreational marijuana dispensary in Winthrop. Jonathan Stern, 32, of Bend, was charged with burglary, theft and malicious mischief after he was arrested at a residence just south of Twisp on Friday afternoon,...
Editorials: March 23, 2016

Editorials: March 23, 2016

Take a deep breath The rapid development of a marijuana industry in Washington state has created both opportunities and problems. Marketplace forces and entrepreneurial energy pretty much guaranteed that the businesses of growing, processing, distributing and selling marijuana would evolve quickly along traditional capitalistic lines: round up financing, make something the public wants, sell it...
Commissioners halt new marijuana operations

Commissioners halt new marijuana operations

The Okanogan County commissioners have placed a six-month moratorium on new marijuana operations to prevent people from getting in under current rules as the county considers stricter controls in a new zoning code.
Suspects charged in Winthrop marijuana heist

Suspects charged in Winthrop marijuana heist

One Twisp resident remained in jail and another was released on bail after being arrested for allegedly stealing about 60 pounds of marijuana from a licensed growing operation on Horizon Flats Road in Winthrop. A third suspect is being sought in the pot heist, which occurred Dec. 10 at the Methow Valley Nursery, which grows...
Fresh Greens quietly opens its doors

Fresh Greens quietly opens its doors

By Laurelle Walsh
Fresh Greens, the Methow Valley’s first marijuana retailer, is up and running despite some unplanned downtime on its opening week, according to owner Austin Lott. The store had a “quiet opening” on July 17 after receiving its first …
Local marijuana hopefuls face regulatory hurdles, concerns from neighbors

Local marijuana hopefuls face regulatory hurdles, concerns from neighbors

By Marcy Stamper
Ed Rhinehart expects to receive a license this week to grow marijuana in Winthrop, but that achievement will do little to compensate for his frustrations with delays and changes from the state’s licensing body that reduced his crop to a quarter of what he had planned and caused him to miss...
Winthrop issues conditional use permit to town’s first marijuana retailer

Winthrop issues conditional use permit to town’s first marijuana retailer

By Laurelle Walsh
The Winthrop Town Council approved a conditional use permit (CUP) for the town’s first retail marijuana store, Fresh Greens, at its meeting last Wednesday (July 2). At a public hearing prior to …