The Bellevue City Council approved regulations replacing an emergency ordinance controlling where and how collective medical marijuana gardens can be operated on Monday before approving an emergency ordinance addressing recreational marijuana.
Legal Planner Catherine Drews first outlined an enhanced ordinance option ratified by the council that night, which beefs up security requirements for collective gardens, addresses visual and odor concerns and separating medical operations from recreational marijuana facilities.
Cannabis is required to be kept in a locked structure either incorporated into the building where it’s grown or attached to it, said Drews, and alarm and security camera system requirements have also been bolstered based on comments received during a council study session earlier this month.
The ordinance prohibits collective gardens from being established in residential areas within the city and also prohibits recreational marijuana operations from being within 1,000 feet of a medical garden or areas where children might live or congregate, and the same applies under the emergency recreational marijuana ordinance.
The ordinance also includes measures prohibiting marijuana from being smelled or viewed from outside the structure and while in the process of being loaded for shipment. The enhanced ordinance requires proper ventilation to stymie odors from cannabis production.
The emergency recreational marijuana ordinance carries most of the same provisions as the ordinance for collective gardens, but only allows for retail, production and processing to occur within light industrial zoning districts.
Five of the seven councilors approved the ordinances with Kevin Wallace absent and Councilor Don Davidson opposing them.
“There is nothing that says one has to adopt bad policy,” he said, “so, I won’t be voting it in.”