Vancouver Holds Line On Retail Pot Stores | The Columbian

The rules also give medical pot users an incentive to use the recreational pot shops. On Oct. 12, the Liquor and Cannabis Board began taking new applications for recreational retail licenses. Applicants must obtain state licensing before applying locally. In the weeks since the rule change, the city of Vancouver has received about 12 inquiries from existing local retailers exploring the possibility of opening new stores, individuals licensed outside of Vancouver and people hoping to get into the pot business. After taking testimony at its Nov. 10 public hearing, the Planning Commission unanimously recommended a limit of nine stores. The city of Vancouver has six retail stores sited in the west, central and east parts of town. The state had approved a total of 15 retail pot licenses for all of Clark County and its cities, but aside from Vancouver, Battle Ground is the only city that has a pot shop. The Planning Commission recommended by a 5-2 vote that the city increase its number of recreational pot shops from six to nine for a variety of reasons, including that the geographic dispersion of the retailers is uneven, and adding more stores could alleviate the parking problems in Uptown Village due to the presence of Main Street Marijuana.

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