Archive for April 2014
Spokane Valley eased restrictions tonight on where recreational marijuana can be grown and packaged.
The move is designed to open industrial sites north of the Spokane River along the city’s eastern edge that were excluded when Spokane Valley imposed a 1,000-foot buffer around the Centennial Trail. Retail marijuana stores are still prohibited within the buffers.
Commercial real estate agents, industrial property owners and would-be marijuana producers told council members the river is a better buffer than an arbitrary 1,000 feet, and that opening up the industrial sites even to limited production and processing will bring new companies and jobs to the city.
The council unanimously approved the change.
More than 30 companies have applied to the state for production and processing licenses in Spokane Valley, while 43 more have applied for retail licenses. The state will allow just three retail operations in the city, but there’s no geographical limit on the number of licensed producers and processors.
The Senior Empowerment Resource Fair is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 25 at CenterPlace Regional Event Center in Spokane Valley.
“The goal of the event is to inform seniors and their families about the services and resources that are available in Spokane Valley and region wide,” said Spokane Valley Senior Specialist Karen Clark-Parson, who noted that the senior center is often the first contact point when looking for senior-focused housing, financial, and grief counseling services.
This year’s fair features 54 vendors and is free to attend. The event center is located at 2426 N. Discovery Place, just northwest of Indiana Avenue and Mirabeau Parkway.
The first recreational pot license has been issued in Spokane Valley.
Farmer J's LLC has been issued production and processing licenses for a site located in an industrial park north of Interstate 90 and east of Argonne Road. The company reportedly specializes in infused marijuana products.
Spokane Valley City Council members were advised tonight by legal staff that the licenses had been issued. The announcement came as council members were contemplating zoning restrictions designed to open up more industrial zones to production and processing but tighten down potential retail locations.
No retail licenses have been approved yet in Spokane Valley, which can have three under state rules.