Port of Douglas County to Hold Public Hearing on Marijuana Production Proposal
EAST WENATCHEE —The Port of Douglas County is holding a public hearing on Monday, March 10, 2014 beginning at 6:00 PM at the Port District’s new administrative offices at 455 6th Street NE, Suite 100, East Wenatchee, WA. The purpose of the hearing is toprovide an opportunity for the public to address the issue of whether or not the Port’s property in the Pangborn Airport Business Park, 3357 – 3459 Fifth Street SE, should be leased to American Farms, LLC, for the purposes of producing and processing marijuana, as licensed by the State of Washington Liquor Control Board. The hearing will be conducted by a hearing officer.
At a Port Commission meeting on Thursday, February 27, American Farms representatives described their proposal to lease property at the Port’s business park, located on the southwest corner of Pangborn Memorial Airport property, to grow and process marijuana. Port commissioners also heard from Port staff on state Liquor Control Board licensing requirements and other issues pertaining to growing and processing marijuana on Port property.
A decision by the Port Commissioners to lease property to a tenant is not required to be the subject of a public hearing. However, because of the unique nature of this proposal, the commission requests public feedback.
Washington voters passed Initiative 502 in November 2012 to legalize and regulate the recreational use of marijuana by adults over 21.
Lisa Parks, Executive Director
Port of Douglas County