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County candidates debate on COVID-19 response, small business assistance

Tom Handy, who is running against incumbent Dean Kinzer for Whitman County commissioner, said he believes the county has a responsibility to provide grant assistance to allow businesses to thrive. 

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

September 25, 2020

Candidates for the Whitman County Commission debated Thursday night about the county’s role in handling the pandemic, support of small businesses and developing long-term plans for rebuilding towns impacted by the Washington state fires.  Incumbent Dean Kinzer and business owner Tom Handy answered each...

Pot shop still open amid COVID-19 pandemic

Aaron, an official bud tester at MJ’s, helps a customer inside of the shop.

ANGELICA RELENTE, Evergreen reporter

March 27, 2020

Gov. Jay Inslee’s “stay-at-home” order exempts essential businesses and workers, one of which includes cannabis retailers such as MJ’s Pot Shop on Southeast Bishop Boulevard. Jenn Augenstein, general manager at MJ’s Pot Shop, said the shop is running normally on top of all the additional safety precautio...

Marijuana code under review in Olympia

If the ordinance passes, marijuana growers will have to prevent odors from bothering people around their farms. County Commissioner Dean Kinzer says this may help growers by reducing the chance of pollinating a plant, which slows down THC production.

JAKOB THORINGTON, Evergreen reporter

March 2, 2020

The proposed marijuana code in Whitman County is close to the approval stage from the County Commissioner’s office.  It is currently under State Environmental Policy Act review in Olympia and a public comment period until March 12. County Commissioner Dean Kinzer said the commissioner’s ...

‘Recreational’ marijuana becomes commercial

The Whitman County Planning Commission discusses the change in distance that marijuana is allowed to be grown from certain residential lots. Pictured on the left: Chad Whetzel.

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter

February 7, 2020

The Whitman County Planning Commission continued discussing the marijuana ordinance Wednesday. Changes to the draft were made in three chapters which are Purpose and Intent, Applicability and Development Standards. Chad Whetzel, Whitman County planning commission chair, said the Purpose and Intent cha...

Marijuana ordinance in the works

Marijuana ordinance in the works

JAKOB THORINGTON, Evergreen reporter

January 29, 2020

The Whitman County Planning Commission is seeking to put together a new county marijuana ordinance by Feb. 5. Alan Thompson, Whitman County planner, said the commission will discuss alternatives to allow marijuana businesses in the county. This does not mean existing businesses will have to pack up...

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