As anticipated, members of the Enumclaw City Council have slammed the door on anyone hoping to sell marijuana in town.
By unanimous vote Sept. 22, the council followed the lead of the city’s Planning Commission and adopted legislation prohibiting both medical and recreational marijuana inside the city limits. While the approach differed from that taken by other communities, the end result is the same.
Enumclaw leaders have recognized the production, processing and selling of marijuana as potential uses. They even went so far as to define and include all three phases of the marijuana trade in the municipal land-use matrix. But, when it comes to the 14 different zones applied to all land inside the city limits, marijuana is not allowed in any.
No growing, no processing and no retail sales. Not in any neighborhood, not for the foreseeable future.
Erica Shook, the city’s director of community development, guided the marijuana issue through city channels. Prior to the council’s Sept. 22 vote, she noted the city’s approach had garnered the support of the Enumclaw Police Department. Also prior to the vote, the council heard from representatives for Enumclaw Youth and Family Services and the Enumclaw Regional Healthcare Foundation, both urging that marijuana sales be kept out of the city.