Hoquiam council splits again, fails to pass marijuana ordinance

The city of Hoquiam last night failed to pass a proposed zoning ordinance that would have allowed marijuana sales and production in some areas. City Councilman Darrin Moir was among the 6 that voted against it “for the amount of enforcement issues that the police department may or may not have to run into, the money’s just not there. Saying we’re open for business is completely false, there’s no benefit financially to the city.” To which one citizen replied during the public comment period “You may not get any money out of it now, but if you open up a business it may bring in another family, sells another house, money will come in. Everybody thinks marijuana smokers are a bunch of couch potatoes, ya know munchies? There’s money to be made.”
City councilman Ben Winkleman pointed out prior to his vote “for” the ordinance; “I don’t know how that’s representing the people that elect you. With 60% of those people that went out and voiced their opinion for and against making it legal for us to just ban it…”
The council split the same as the previous vote 6-6, with councils John Pellegrini, Kay Diehm, Greg Grund, Paul McMillan, Darrin Moir and Bill Nelson voting down recreational marijuana businesses in Hoquiam.