There’s been sooooo much talk about pot lately, and not just because voters approved I-502.

Rather, it’s because the Board of Clark County Commissioners and Vancouver City Council has been taking months and months and months to try and figure out what to do with collective medical marijuana gardens.

The Vancouver City Council will have a public hearing, 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall, on whether gardens should be allowed in heavy industrial and light industrial zones. But councilors were under the impression that the county commissioners would be following suit, mostly because city staff had been told as much by county staff.

Then, today commissioners — who have authority over unincorporated areas — said they are inclined to ban the gardens.

On Monday, when the city council did the first reading of the ordinance, Councilor Bill Turlay voted no. Turlay said he will not support anything that is in violation of federal law. Councilor Jeanne Stewart voted yes, but made it clear that while she was in favor of having the ordinance go on to a public hearing, she’s not sure she would ultimately support it.

Since county commissioners are not down with the gardens, will two other city councilors step forward and join Turlay and Stewart and ban gardens in Vancouver, too? The city’s moratorium ends in December, so the council wants to make a decision soon. The county’s moratorium doesn’t expire until summer.

Stay tuned.

In the meantime, if you are still confused about I-502, here is an awesome Q and A courtesy of the Seattle Police Department.


What happens if I get pulled over and I’m sober, but an officer or his K9 buddy smells the ounce of Super Skunk I’ve got in my trunk?

Under state law, officers have to develop probable cause to search a closed or locked container. [Editor’s note: I learned this from Jay-Z’s “99 Problems.”] Each case stands on its own, but the smell of pot alone will not be reason to search a vehicle. If officers have information that you’re trafficking, producing or delivering marijuana in violation of state law, they can get a warrant to search your vehicle.

Stephanie Rice

Stephanie Rice

I cover Vancouver city government. Reach me at or 360-735-4508.

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