Clark County scraps plan to reconsider pot ban

first_imgThe Clark County Council will not go forward with reconsidering its ordinance that bans marijuana businesses in unincorporated parts of the county.After a work session in December, the council determined it would hold a hearing on the matter where the public could weigh in. But, at its regular Wednesday afternoon meeting, the council reversed course after Chair Marc Boldt said he had changed his mind about reconsidering the ban.Previously, Boldt had been open to lifting the ban. But speaking after the meeting, Boldt said he’s met with recovery and prevention groups, school superintendents and the Salvation Army, who he said all opposed lifting the ban. He also noted that the sheriff supports the ban.“I just thought it was sending the wrong message, so I thought I wouldn’t support it,” said Boldt.Councilors Jeanne Stewart and Eileen Quiring had been opposed to lifting the ban or holding the hearing. With three members of the five-member council now opposed to lifting the ban, Boldt said it made no sense for the council to go forward with the hearing.Both Vancouver and Battle Ground allow for the sale of cannabis but Clark County has prohibited recreational pot shops in the unincorporated areas. Previously, Boldt said if the county lifted the ban it might be able to better police how the drug is sold and consumed while also getting a share of revenue generated by sales. A county white paper released in December estimated that the county lost out on $468,538 for the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years by having the ban in place.Christy Stanley, who owns a recreational marijuana store just outside of Battle Ground, said she’s been unable to open because of the county’s ban.last_img