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Tell the county NO to Industrial Marijuana on Lopez now! (Development, Planning and Permits)
Lopez Island
January 9, 2019
Posted by Carol Deckelbaum, Lopez Island

Tell the county NO to Industrial Marijuana on Lopez now!

Thank you to all that have sent letters to the WSLCB. Although WSLCB is still accepting comments we now must expand our efforts to the county. We are asking you to please send your letters to our county officials. Laurent’s industrial Marijuana facility does not belong on Lopez!

Please send your emails to these San Juan County officials:
jamies@sanjuanco.com - Jamie Stephens, County Council member for Lopez
lindak@sanjuanco.com - Linda Kuller, Community Development Building Division--Planning Manager/Deputy Director
freds@sanjuanco.com - Fred Schaller, Community Development Building Division--Building Official
miket@sanjuanco.com - Mike Thomas, County Manager
JulieT@sanjuanco.com - Julie Thompson, Community Development Code Enforcement Planner III
adamz@sanjuanco.com - Adam Zack, Community Development Code Enforcement Planner III
colinm@sanjuanco.com - Colin Maycock, Community Development Code Enforcement Planner IV
donaW@sanjuanco.com - Dona Wuthnow, Parks & Fair Director, San Juan County

We’ve provided a sample letter below:

As citizens and business owners of Lopez Island we are concerned about Application #427732 - Saturn Group LLC - 1995 Ferry Road Lopez Island, WA for a commercial marijuana grow operation.

We strongly oppose the issuance of this license as it is detrimental to the welfare, health, and safety of the people and businesses of Lopez Island.

Our concerns are:

(1) The property is less than 1000’ from Odlin County Park. RCW 69.50.331 (10e) clearly states a new marijuana license shall not be within 1000’ of a public park.
(2) The proposed site would be built on critical wetlands and marijuana which is known to be a water thirsty crop could have a devastating affect on our island’s fragile aquifer.
(3) The overt security measures outlined in WAC 314-55-083 of 8’ perimeter fencing, surveillance and alarm systems, security lighting, along with the industrial nature of this operation do not match the rural landscape or values of our island community; we are known as the “friendly isle.”
(4) Our island has a known shortage of law enforcement. The lack of an adequate police presence coupled with the high value of marijuana will make the operation a magnet for criminals.
(5) Odors from the Marijuana grow operation during the summer and fall will make the area unsuitable for outdoor recreation, especially for visitors at Odlin Park, our island’s farmstand and neighbors.
(6) The industrial nature of this operation including the “skunk-like” odors will have a negative affect on property values for the whole island due to its proximity to our main road and all traffic to the ferry landing and village. Property values in other WA counties are already feeling the negative effect of having an industrial marijuana complex in the neighborhood.
(7) This operation would have a devastating impact on tourist related businesses. Our island economy heavily depends on cyclists who visit our island looking for a clean, natural experience. The smells and sights of this industrial marijuana operation would be the first and last thing that our tourists would see on vacation.
(8) A clear declaration of public policy to prevent children from exposure to Marijuana can be found in the list provided in the WAC 314-55-050. The visible location of this operation from the road and proximity to the ferry landing would mean all school children would pass this location to go to and return from off island sporting events and baseball games at Odlin Park. This property is also in sight of a farm that produces crops that are served in our school lunch program and sometimes harvested by students from the school farm class.
(9) The applicant, along with his employee who would become the marijuana operation manager, have demonstrated a total disregard for the building regulations of San Juan County, including the construction of unpermitted buildings and ignoring stop work permits.
(10) The applicant purposely mislead the Lopez Island Community by describing his operation as a low impact CBD Hemp Farm, not a Tier 3 Marijuana grow operation.


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Moira McDonough: Tell the county NO to Industrial Marijuana on Lopez now!

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Interesting council meeting in Santa Barbara over smell and noise of local growing operations. 3 minutes worth listening to. May open some eyes as to the severity of this issue. It's not about the business, it's the location of the business that.... Read all
Carol Deckelbaum: Tell the county NO to Industrial Marijuana on Lopez now!

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NEW AS OF JANUARY 22, 2019!

The marijuana application #427732 has not yet been approved or denied. Our County Council received notification from the WSLCB on January 22 that they (the Council members) have 20 days to voice opposition or support.... Read all
Moira McDonough: Tell the county NO to Industrial Marijuana on Lopez now!

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SayNoLopez.com
It's not about the plant or those wishing to use, it's about a TIER 3 INDUSTRIAL MARIJUANA GROW OPERATION (10,000 to 30,000 sq. feet of canopy) at the Gateway to our beautiful island, and right next door to a young family with.... Read all and See Picture
Carol Deckelbaum: Tell the county NO to Industrial Marijuana on Lopez now!

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Please add your voice to the growing opposition to a Tier 3 Marijuana Operation on Lopez Island. There is strength in numbers!!! Click the link below!!

https://www.saynolopez.com/we-are/#form
Jean Behnke: Tell the county NO to Industrial Marijuana on Lopez now!

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Anthony Rovente: Children of Covington vs Children of Lopez

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The following is a statement made by Laurent Benitiou at a City of Covington Council Meeting. The meeting was about a new code that would allow marijuana retail in certain Commercial Zoning locations that would be as close as 500 feet from schools,.... Read all
Tad Cline: Tell the county NO to Industrial Marijuana on Lopez now!

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Two other points that struck me while watching the Kirkland City Council Meeting video clip: 1) Mr. Bentitou, as a successful business man in the cannabis industry, is clearly looking to expand his operations in an area with fewer regulatory restrictions.... Read all
Anthony Rovente: Double Standards!

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On March 18, 2014, Laurent Bentitou spoke at a public hearing of the Kirkland County Council regarding the zoning and placement of Marijuana retail stores. Laurent said “ I don’t think we should have (Marijuana Stores) on Market Street” which is the.... Read all
Christi Carter: Tell the county NO to Industrial Marijuana on Lopez now!

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You have elaborated on my point *exactly,* Juliene ... the possibility they'll build a hydroponic operation in that location is strong, no matter what they are telling the rest of us.
Juliene Gschwend: Tell the county NO to Industrial Marijuana on Lopez now!

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Unfortunately, one cannot trust or know how Ceres would grow Cannabis on the wetlands on Lopez that it wants to. #1 told neighbors it would be hemp #2 told County it would be grown-in-the ground Cannabis in order to sorta be considered agriculture.... Read all
Christi Carter: Tell the county NO to Industrial Marijuana on Lopez now!

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Thanks very much, Dan Post, for the link to their business on the Washington company site. I wonder if you and/or others have looked at Laurent's website at ceresgarden.com It may be of interest. For example, here's some info describing.... Read all
Juliene Gschwend: Tell the county NO to Industrial Marijuana on Lopez now!

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From Aug 2017-2018, the Lopez Island Cannabis company (which is a marijuana Processing license) was located at 1370 Lopez Sound Road (an alternate address for 1395 Lopez Sound Road) this is another property he owns. He has the freedom to move these.... Read all
Dan Post: Tell the county NO to Industrial Marijuana on Lopez now!

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Holly, I was shocked until I looked it up. Seems that it was in the works a long time:
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https://www.washingtoncompany.net/companies/604155500/
Holly Bryant: Tell the county NO to Industrial Marijuana on Lopez now!

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I can answer the question about WHY they want to grow here...SATURN GROUP IS ALREADY USING OUR ISLAND'S NAME FOR THEIR OWN PROFITS!!! They are doing business as "Lopez Island Cannabis Company" in their business located in Chelan County.... Read all
Hazel Burns: Tell the county NO to Industrial Marijuana on Lopez now!

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John Waugh comments that Lopez receives 23 inches of rain annually, but presumably that is an all-island average. I have always understood that the amount of rainfall diminishes considerably as one moves south on the island, and that it is as little as.... Read all
John Waugh: Tell the county NO to Industrial Marijuana on Lopez now!

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In addition to these excellent points, it might be worthwhile to reference the water issue. Personally, I think this is THE most important issue for our island. Here is part of what I posted on another Rocks thread:
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Growing.... Read all