Ban on retail marijuana sales continues in Washougal, at least through Aug. 31

Special City Council meeting will consider emergency ordinance Aug. 29

After hearing more than 25 people express their opinions about the potential allowance of the retail sale, processing and production of recreational marijuana within the city limits of Washougal, the City Council did not have the necessary four affirmative votes to continue the ban indefinitely.

The matter will be reconsidered during a special council meeting Monday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m., in the council chambers at City Hall, 1701 “C” St.

At that meeting, five “yes” votes will be needed for the emergency ordinance to go into effect.

During the council meeting last night the vote was 3 to 2, to remove a sunset clause that is scheduled to expire Sept. 1. If the clause is not removed or extended, the retail sale, processing and production of marijuana, as well as medical marijuana cooperatives, could take place in Washougal.

Brent Boger, Paul Greenlee and Joyce Lindsay voted for the original ordinance with an amendment that suggested an advisory vote by Washougal residents take place during the November 2017 General Election.

The advisory vote would be regarding whether the ban should remain in place. The amended ordinance would also move the sunset date to Jan. 31, 2018.
Dave Shoemaker and Dan Coursey voted against the amended ordinance. Prior to the vote, Shoemaker said the councilors were elected to make decisions.

Councilors Jennifer McDaniel and Michelle Wagner had excused absences from the meeting.