The Spokane Valley City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday to ease up on rules on where marijuana producers can set up shop in the city limits.
The council modified its interim rules in order to allow industrial-zoned property north of the Spokane River as a viable option for the growing and packaging of pot. The area had initially been excluded when the city established a 1,000-foot rule from the Centennial Trail as part of its interim rules.
However, it was pointed out by those interested in leasing the property that the river itself is a substantial buffer as the trail is on the south side of the waterway.
In other news, the council was briefed by legal staff that the state’s Human Rights Commission likely would not support any effort by the city to bar transgendered persons from using a public restroom if the facility “is consistent with the individual’s gender identity.”
In other words, said City Attorney Cary Driskell, “Be respectful…not everybody looks and acts the same.”
The issue was brought up after Wendy McElroy told the council last month that she saw a cross-dressing man using a women’s restroom and that she believed it was a violation of her privacy.
Driskell, however, said that Washington state, supports the conclusion of the American Civil Liberties Union, that gender identity is internalized and not solely based on outward appearance.
“It’s how they identify themselves on the inside,” he said.
Finally, the council meeting scheduled for April 29 has been canceled. The council will next meet on May 6.