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Local Pot Farmers File Suit Against Chelan County

Comment from Central Washington Growers Association’s President Caitlein Ryan
The Central Washington Growers Association has filed a lawsuit in Chelan County Superior Court in response to a resolution prohibiting marijuana production and processing operations. The suit, filed Friday, disputes the county-wide ban approved by Chelan County Commissioners in February. It states any new marijuana growing and processing operations that weren’t actively operating before September 29 must shut down immediately; businesses established before September 29 have been given 24 months to wind down operations.
The Association’s President Caitlein Ryan said the 42 producers in the local industry have generated nearly $2 million in tax revenues for Chelan County and provide higher-than-average wages for just over 400 full-time employees. Ryan said it’s not only a huge blow to each of the businesses, but also to the regional economy as a whole.
Following the county’s resolution, commissioners assembled a nine-member work group to help hammer out possible new zoning regulations. Ryan said three members of the Central Washington Growers Association are on that work group. She said they want to make sure this expanding industry stays in Chelan County, with farms located in appropriate places.

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