Washington State, San Juan Island Grange #966, Friday Harbor
RESOLUTION CONCERNING THE PROPOSED MORATORIUM ON MARIJUANA PRODUCTION
WHEREAS the history of the Grange Movement in the United States is rich with the traditions and struggles of farm families and rural farm communities; AND
WHEREAS local, state and the national Grange have always, and continue to, advocate politically on issues important to rural families, including the right to farm, good government, land use policy, rural access to new technologies and vital services, job development and strong rural economies; AND
WHEREAS in 2012 the voters of San Juan County overwhelmingly endorsed the passage of I-502 legalizing the cultivation, sale and recreational use of cannabis by the largest margin in Washington State; AND
WHEREAS small number of local farmers, entrepreneurs and county residents have endeavored in good faith to comply with all existing local and state rules, laws and regulations pertaining to developing their farms and farm products; AND
WHEREAS the proposed San Juan County moratorium on cannabis farms and producers places new and unnecessary restrictions on growers without substantiating a imminent emergency; AND
WHEREAS the Agricultural Resources Committee (ARC) and the San Juan County Planning Department (CP&D) are already committed to a working group to study cannabis farming and other agricultural issues in 2015.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that San Juan Island Grange #966 order its Executive Committee to draft and publicize to the media, the County Council, and to the public a statement opposing the Proposed Moratorium on Marijuana Production,
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that said statement contains the following points:
- It is a core purpose of the county government to maintain such commons as air, water, topsoil, healthy ecosystems, fair economic systems and just political systems.
- The County should make preservation of farm land and support for local agriculture an economic and land use priority.
- Decisions concerning agriculture and protection of farm land should come from research and recommendations conducted and written by individuals and organizations made up of farmers, the ARC, CP&D and others qualified to study and analyze existing farm conditions and new farming strategies.
- Regulations that come from a joint ARC/CP&D working group must recognize the following points:
- The best agricultural soils in our county must be reserved in perpetuity for growing food and feed
- Greenhouses are an appropriate way to increase resilience by increasing the growing season for many food and feed crops
- Food production is so fundamental to the resilience of a community that it must at times take precedence over concerns over noise and light pollution
- Cannabis is now a legal agricultural crop and should be recognized by the County and treated the same as the cultivation of food, feed, wine grapes, hops, spirits, food grade and medicinal herbs and all other recognized agricultural crops with regard to policies, regulations and all other governmental actions.
Adopted this 7th of January 2015 by the regular meeting of San Juan Island Grange #966