Marijuana shops get green light in Cannon Beach – Daily Astorian

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Chris Hess works at the Five Zero Trees store in Cannon Beach in October.

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CANNON BEACH – After months of controversy, Cannon Beach found there are no conflicts between the comprehensive plan and retail marijuana shops.

The city’s land use attorney, Bill Kabeiseman, gave a report to the City Council Tuesday that asserts having marijuana shops downtown is fully consistent with the plan, which acts as the city’s constitution for development.

A discussion about the comprehensive plan and how it relates to marijuana retailers was prompted by David Frei, the acting spokesman of the Ecola Square Homeowners Association, who for months has objected to the marijuana retailer Five Zero Trees moving in across the street at 140 S. Hemlock.

At previous City Council meetings, Frei has argued allowing Five Zero Trees so close to a residential area would be detrimental to “the unique character of downtown” and out of step with the plan’s goal to provide its residents “the quality of life that they desire.” He also claimed the crime he believes is associated with marijuana retailers would be in conflict with plan’s goal to preserve “a sense of safety.”

But according to Kabeiseman, the statement of policy in the comprehensive plan is general, and does not identify any particular uses that are prohibited. None of the identified provisions mention or discuss marijuana in any way. The ordinance that spells out where and how marijuana shops can operate does not violate the plan just because it allows for marijuana facilities to exist, he said.

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