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Marijuana smell generates a few complaints

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Update: The state allows recreational use of marijuana but allows growing for medical-use only, according to the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board. Growers must have permission from a doctor. With a recommendation from a doctor, patients can grow up to 4 plants. With registration, patients can grow up to 15 plants.

In Asotin County, officials said some neighbors are complaining about the smell of marijuana coming from nearby medical grows.

Marijuana is legal in the state of Washington and those with a medical marijuana card can grow up to 15 plants. But there are certain specifications growers have to follow like the grow has to be fenced, and can’t be grown within 1000 feet of a school or public entity.

County Commissioner Brian Shinn said Monday, that one person approached him with the complaint.

“One of the citizens came into my place of business and complained that the neighbors were growing marijuana in their backyard,” he said. “And that the smell was so prevalent that the dog wouldn’t hang out in the backyard and neither would the kids,” said Shinn.

He said that person thought county commissioners should be able to do something about “that degree of oppressive smell.”

Sheriff John Hilderbrand said that his department hasn’t received a complaint about that particular case, and the overall amount of complaints are very few.

The department will investigate depending on the case, but most of the time the cases get turned over to the Quad Cities Drug Task Force.

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