Creston Rogerson and Mary Hansen, owners/operators of LaGranja Farms LLC, have been engaged in a year long battle, fighting Walla Walla County from shutting down their legal marijuana grow operation after banning 502 operations. The county is forcing the operator to pay thousands of dollars in CRIMINAL penalties for violating a LAND-USE violation.
What does this mean for producer-processors across the state if LaGranja Farms loses this battle? It means counties can CRIMINALIZE legal recreational operators for ‘operational, non-compliance” (a legal land-use term), even after the LCB issues a license.
Patrick Moberg, attorney for LaGranja, which is suing Walla Walla County, recently defended an attempt from the Attorney General to intervene in the lawsuit. Mr. Moberg also filed a motion to add the LCB as a plaintiff in the La Granja lawsuit. The AG responded to the motion with the claim that the LCB supports Walla Walla County’s local ban. Walla Walla County’s ban includes criminal penalties making the production and sale of state-licensed marijuana a gross misdemeanor punishable with up to 90 days in jail as well as civil penalties assessed at $250 per day. Therefore, according to the Attorney General, the LCB actually supports the re-criminalization of marijuana. Mr. Moberg does not believe that the LCB supports the AG’s position or the Walla Walla ban, and sees the Attorney Generals response as an attempt to hide a direct conflict between the LCB’s position and the AG’s opinion that local laws preempt state laws. The problem is that the LCB has remained curiously silent on this issue. Mr. Moberg is forcing the LCB to go on the record with a position on the AG’s opinion.
New code amendments for Marijuana related business activities are being proposed by the Douglas County Commissioners. Although a date has yet to be set for the open public hearing, written comments can be made at this time. More information can be found via the Douglas County website.
Jefferson County's first outdoor cannabis grower aims for sustainability
- By Allison Arthur of the Leader
"Horticulturist Kyle Craig thinks marijuana belongs out in the open, growing naturally under the sun."
- For more follow the link to the original article in the PT Leader.
Last evening, the continuation of the Planning Commission's Public Hearing was once again a success! The Okanogan Cannabis community showed up again with more convincing testimony and solidarity! WSIA would like to thank everyone for their efforts! Spoken testimony is now closed but comments can still be made in writing this week by Friday mid-day.
The Washington Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has recently updated the Worker Protection Standard, a guidance document related to Cannabis Production in Washington State. Updates also include recommendations for pesticide use and application.
Worker Protection Standard (WPS)
For more on Pesticide Use in Cannabis Production
Here is a link to the WSDA blog regarding the WPS guidance for marijuana growers -
The continuation of the public hearing with the Okanogan Planning Commission will be held APRIL 11th! Please arrive at 6pm. The Planning Commission will continue to hear comments on the proposed zoning codes and follow up with their deliberations so it is very important to make our voices heard this final time. The Planning Commission is still accepting written comments at this time as well!
The meeting is tentatively scheduled to be held at the Agriplex in Okanogan, 175 Rodeo Trail Rd, Okanogan, WA 98840. However please check county's website for updates and confirmation of location if indeed it does change!
Thank you for everyone who came out last night to OVERWELM the Okanogan Planning Commission! Citizens packed the house, filling the room to capacity. Many people had to stand outside in order for the meeting to be allowed to continue. This is what it looks like when citizens make their voices heard!
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