Collective medical marijuana gardens will be allowed in certain city zones, as the Vancouver City Council voted 6-1 on Monday to approve them.Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt acknowledged that the ordinance isn’t going to please everyone, as people who testified Monday said the zoning rules were too restrictive.“We can take that up and evaluate it over the next year,” Leavitt said. “We always have the option to amend our ordinances.”While more than two dozen people showed up at City Hall, only six testified. Five spoke in favor of the ordinance and one person — who works for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office — remained neutral.Sgt. Shane Gardner, speaking as a neighborhood association leader, said he understands that the city councilors were in a difficult spot as they are caught between conflicting state and federal laws. He said he appreciated the code restrictions, such as the fact that gardens must be at least 1,000 feet from schools, community centers, public parks, licensed day care facilities and other collective gardens.James Barber, who has sued the city over the extended moratorium on collective gardens, said medical marijuana shouldn’t be treated differently from other prescription drugs.“Do you want to get into people’s medicine cabinets?” Barber asked.Vancouver resident Matt Wood said he feels people who grow medical marijuana for terminally ill patients get lumped in with people who abuse the system.
September 16, 2019