Ban on retail marijuana stores will continue indefinitely in Washougal

City Council votes 5 to 2, to remove a sunset clause that would have expired Thursday

The Washougal City Council voted Monday night, to indefinitely continue a ban on the retail sale, processing and production of recreational marijuana within the city limits.

The vote was 5 to 2, to remove a sunset clause that was scheduled to expire Thursday. If the clause had not been removed or extended, the retail sale, processing and production of marijuana, as well as medical marijuana cooperatives, could take place in Washougal.

Michelle Wagner voted by phone, to remove the sunset clause. Paul Greenlee, Jennifer McDaniel, Dave Shoemaker and Dan Coursey voted the same way, in person.
The emergency ordinance, which needed at least five affirmative votes in order to pass, went into effect immediately.

Brent Boger and Joyce Lindsay later voted in favor of holding a special municipal election April 25, 2017, for an advisory vote regarding whether Washougal should allow recreational marijuana-related businesses and medical marijuana cooperatives in the city.

That resolution did not pass, 2 to 5.

Recreational marijuana was decriminalized, for age 21 and older, with the passage of Initiative-502 in November 2012.

In January 2014, the state Attorney General’s Office issued a formal opinion concluding that I-502 does not preempt local jurisdictions from regulating marijuana selling, processing and growing within their boundaries.

Additional information will be published in the Sept. 1 print edition of the Camas-Washougal Post-Record.