ON DECEMBER 10, 2019 THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLLEGE PLACE ENACTED A MORATORIUM ON THE ACCEPTANCE OF APPLICATIONS, THE ISSUANCE OF PERMITS, AND/OR THE OPERATION OF FACILITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE PRODUCTION AND PROCESSING OF HEMP FOR INDUSTRIAL PURPOSES; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.
The 2018 Farm Bill passed by the United States Congress and signed into law by President Trump included regulating hemp as part of the agriculture industry and no longer included hemp with marijuana as a federal Schedule 1 drug.
In June of 2019 the Washington State Department of Agriculture issued an industrial hemp grower license to Mathew Hardy to grow industrial hemp at 221 NE Larch Ave. College Place, WA 99324.
Over the course of the growing season the City received numerous complaints regarding the odor of the growing of industrial hemp.
The City has a responsibility to protect the public health, safety, and welfare. The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 36.70A.390 authorizes the City to adopt a moratorium of up to one year with the adoption of a work program.
The adoption of a moratorium on the acceptance of applications, the issuance of permits, and/or the operation of facilities associated with the growing of industrial hemp enables the City to do further research to determine if commercial agricultural production of hemp is an appropriate land use in residential zones and how best to implement the state laws governing industrial hemp as they now exist or as they may be subsequently amended.
The City will conduct a public hearing within 60 days of the adoption of this moratorium as required by RCW 36.70A.390 and has prepared a work program so that the moratorium may be in effect for up to one year.