Do you support the idea of government-owned pot shops?
WHITE SALMON, Wash. – The small town of White Salmon, Wash. met Monday morning to discuss the possibility of opening a city-run marijuana shop.
The council voted 2-2, and the mayor cannot break the tie, so the issue failed this time. But one council member was sick, so the issue may come up for another vote next week.
Mayor David Poucher told KGW the store would certainly bring in needed funding to the city.
"I probably think that there's going to be one on the west end and the city of White Salmon was looking at it," he said. "Isn't there a way to go ahead and make some money with it?"
If the city council eventually approves moving forward with the pot shop, the council members and their spouses would be subject to background checks and must be involved in the application process.
The estimated cost of preparing an operating plan for the new shop would be less than $15,000, which would come out of the city’s general fund.
Some residents were intrigued by the city’s plans.
“It’s an interesting topic,” said longtime resident Ubaldo Hernandez. “[It] will be interesting to see what the city says about it.”
Others wanted more information about the proposed pot shop.
“I don’t have an initial negative reaction,” said John Kafrouni, who has lived in White Salmon on and off for two years. “The devil’s in the details really, and I’d like to know more information before I make a decision and give it a yay or nay.”
White Salmon is located on the Wash. side of the Columbia River Gorge, across from Hood River, Ore.
KGW Reporter Erica Heartquist contributed to this report.