Hoquiam could get third marijuana production and processing company

The City of Hoquiam could be rezoning a portion of property next to Bay Avenue that would allow a new recreational marijuana facility.

On Monday night, the Hoquiam City Council heard a recommendation by a Land Use Hearing Examiner which would rezone 6 properties near Bay Avenue and Ontario Street that would be used for a marijuana production facility if the property was listed as Industrial instead of Commercial.

The councilmembers voted to hold a public hearing about this change in zoning for their next scheduled meeting on February 22 at 7pm. Anyone from the public will be welcome to comment on the change before a vote is taken on the rezoning.

The recommendation featured testimony from Gershom Spengler of Olympia, who would be using a portion of the land for a marijuana production and processing facility. City Administrator Brian Shay shared some of Spengler’s plans.

Shay said “Mr. Spengler said it’s a $2.7 million project that includes the purchase and the construction, and that it would employ about 21 people.”

The City of Hoquiam limits marijuana production and processing facilities to their Industrial zones. The land adjacent to these properties is zoned Industrial, while these lots have remained Commercial.

The two currently active licensed recreational marijuana producers in Hoquiam, Knights Hemplar and Sunshine Tiki Hut, reported total sales of over $63,000 in 2015.

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