by Carolina King
The meeting room of the Land Use building was prepared March 20 in anticipation of a packed house for a Board of County Commissioners work session to discuss amendments to the ordinance concerning marijuana cultivation and manufacturing facilities (Ordinance 2018-004). Extra chairs were set out for the approximately 30 citizens who attended and made their voices heard.
While public comment tended toward calling for an end to marijuana cultivation in the county, industry representatives advocated for more understanding between the sides and reported the financial boon to the county.
Commissioners appeared to be split on how to move forward.
The session was scheduled to discuss revisions being made to the ordinance, and the public was reminded that this work session was separate from a Log Hill cultivator’s request to have the board consider allowing expansion of that facility. That matter was discussed the day before, but it was clear that was the issue at the forefront of...