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:
email@example.com - Jamie Stephens, County Council member for Lopez
firstname.lastname@example.org - Linda Kuller, Community Development Building Division--Planning Manager/Deputy Director
email@example.com - Fred Schaller, Community Development Building Division--Building Official
firstname.lastname@example.org - Mike Thomas, County Manager
JulieT@sanjuanco.com - Julie Thompson, Community Development Code Enforcement Planner III
email@example.com - Adam Zack, Community Development Code Enforcement Planner III
firstname.lastname@example.org - 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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