Cannabis moratorium stays put; deadline extended
An Okanogan County moratorium on new cannabis farms and the expansion of existing farms will stay in place so the commissioners and Planning Department can review regulations, including the number of grows that can be on a single parcel.
But the commissioners extended the deadline for growers to meet with the planning director to present their license and site plan so the county can be sure they’re in compliance. The new deadline is Feb. 15, 2022, instead of
The commissioners heard testimony from three cannabis producers, all opposed to the moratorium, at their public hearing on Monday (Oct. 18). No one submitted written comment.
The producers said that the hearing and comment period conflict with the harvest, their busiest time of year.
In the two months since growers were notified that they must meet with the county, only three growers have come in, Okanogan County Planning Director Pete Palmer said.
The county enacted the moratorium because the state has been issuing multiple licenses on the same parcel, as well as licenses that don’t link to any viable parcel, Palmer said. Producers also need a permit from the county. While the state has issued 125 licenses, the county has only 82 permits on record, Palmer said.
The county also wants to ensure that cannabis operations are compatible with neighboring property uses, Palmer said.
The moratorium is in effect through Feb. 24, 2022. The county will use the time to draft regulations in consultation with growers and county residents.
Medicare open enrollment ongoing through Dec. 7
The Medicare Open Enrollment Period this year is scheduled for Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, and is a time when people can enroll, switch plans, or join a Part D drug plan.
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Third-party maps due to redistricting commission
The Washington State Redistricting Commission is accepting third-party alternate maps of legislative and congressional districts, which should be submitted by Friday (Oct. 22) to ensure full consideration, according to the commission.
The redistricting commission convenes every 10 years, following the federal census, to explore whether legislative or congressional district lines need to be redrawn to ensure each has a roughly equal population and fair representation.
The commission released its proposed maps earlier this month. They are required to deliver their final recommendation to the state Legislature by Nov. 15.
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