first_imgTwo months after Woodland opened its doors to recreational marijuana growers and processors, Mayor Grover Laseke rejected the city’s first viable applicant for a pot business license. In December, the Woodland City Council voted 5-1 to allow growing and processing in a small industrial sector of the city west of the railroad tracks. Soon after, Gregory Bowyer, from Ridgefield, applied to start his own business in the city as a Tier 1 producer and processer.The state allowed the city to intervene in the approval process, and though Laseke said Bowyer’s business would meet location and zoning rules, he sent Bowyer a letter turning down the proposal. The reason: Woodland’s municipal code prohibits the city from issuing business licenses for anything that violates federal, state or city law, Laseke said. “I discussed this with the City Council in one of our workshops, so they’re aware that I was going to deny this business license,” he said.Bowyer said he was shocked by the decision.“Originally, they had told us that this wasn’t going to be an issue, and then I guess their city attorney changed their mind,” he said. “Nobody’s going to jail. It’s a business license like any other.”last_img

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