View Whatcom County's proposed ordinance on pot business

Here’s a chance to do some homework if you’re interested in the Whatcom County Council’s public hearing on a new proposed ordinance governing the operation of pot businesses in unincorporated county areas.

Council members will listen to public comments during tonight’s (March 25) regular meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the Whatcom County Courthouse, 311 Grand Ave. in Bellingham.

The ordinance, if approved, would replace a 60-day moratorium council members voted Feb. 11 to enact on all new applications for marijuana businesses.

The Bellingham Business Journal will have additional coverage of this development, as well as related issues surrounding local implementation of Initiative 502, online following the meeting and in its April print edition.

Also of note, our partners at The (Everett) Daily Herald reported Sunday, March 23, that only four growing and processing licenses have so far been issued by the Washington State Liquor Control Board, one each in King, Pierce, Kitsap and Spokane counties. Yet more should follow over the next several weeks.

View county documents related to Initiative 502 regulations. These documents include the county’s proposed marijuana ordinance, a letter to the Whatcom County Council from Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo and a related Feb. 19 article written by Seattle Times reporter Bob Young. 

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Evan Marczynski, associate editor of The Bellingham Business Journal, can be reached at 360-647-8805, Ext. 5052, or

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