Recreational pot stores closer in Vancouver

Karsen Stamp of Mary Jane's House of Glass in Vancouver, March 4, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Karsen Stamp of Mary Jane's House of Glass in Vancouver, March 4, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — The City of Vancouver is getting closer to opening recreational pot stores after the city council set rules for the stores and identified where they can be located.

Those areas include sites on Mill Plain near I-205, 4th Plain east of SR-503, SE 164th Avenue south of Mill Plain, and on 4th Plain west of I-5.

Only six recreational marijuana outlets will be allowed in the city of Vancouver, and nearly 200 businesses have applied. The final winners will be determined by a lottery held by the Washington Liquor Control Board.

Bryan Snodgrass with the City of Vancouver said he doesn’t think it’s going to be a pot-smoking free-for-all.

“We’ve tried to approach this in a deliberative manner, recognizing the will of the voters and some of the logistics involved, and move forward cautiously,” he told KOIN 6 News.

The city council ordinance adopts the state rules: stores must be in a commercial zone, be 1000 feet away from places like schools and community centers. The local ruls say the stores must also be licensed by the city  and the state, be at least 300 feet away from each other and must close by 11 p.m.

Based upon those rules, Mary Jane’s House of Glass on Mill Plain could be one of the lottery picks.

“It’s cool to see every week, every month, sometimes every day the new things that are happening, the news that we’re hearing,” said the stores’ Karsen Stamp.

It’s possible the stores in Clark County could be open by summer.

But Ed Day hates to see Vancouver go down this path.

“Twenty-one-year-olds can get it and sell it to younger people and the next thing you know, kids 5- 6-years-old are going to be using it,” Day said.

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