Regulations For New Marijuana Businesses In Rural Whitman County Approved

After nearly 2 years of work, Whitman County has tightened the rules on new marijuana businesses in the unincorporated areas of the county.  The county commissioners unanimously approved a marijuana ordinance during their meeting Monday.

The board placed a moratorium on new marijuana businesses for the rural parts of the county in March of 2019.  The move followed a controversial proposal from Selway Holdings LLC to grow process and research marijuana near Pullman next to the Washington State University dairy farm.  That proposal was opposed by neighbors, WSU, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories in Pullman, and Pullman Regional Hospital.

Since then, the Whitman County Planning Commission drafted restrictions for new marijuana businesses for the rural areas of the county.  Those rules were approved by the county commissioners Monday.  The new regulations ban marijuana outdoor growing operations and cannabis businesses within a thousand feet of a home, home lot, school, playground, or childcare center.  New marijuana businesses are also required to obtain a conditional use permit and odors from a cannabis facility must be contained to the property.