Laurent Bentitou has applied for another marijuana license in the name of Lopez Island Cannabis Company (and he is likely to apply for more on Lopez.) This time though it’s at his vacation property at 1395 Lopez Sound Road. The property on Lopez Sound Road is shoreline, designated Rural Farm Forest (RFF) and the proposed area for production and processing is within 300 feet of three residences on adjacent properties and within clear view. The property is 2.25 acres, a narrow strip of swampy waterfront, approximately 120 feet wide by 880 feet long. As you know, Mr. Bentitou has outstanding code violations on this property for building an un-permitted deck and a staircase in protected shoreline areas
As we see it, Mr. Bentitou is taking advantage of the lack of regulations for production and processing of marijuana in San Juan County at a much-reduced cost than his large Bellevue operation, including free water from his well. The concerns for this operation are the same as his previous failed effort: excessive water usage, odors affecting properties within a ½ mile radius, the scale of the operation on a small parcel within full view of neighboring properties, and Mr. Bentitou’s outstanding code violations.
It is our position that the county must work on regulations specific for the production and processing of marijuana to protect islanders from industrial impacts not typical of other more traditional agricultural practices. We will continue to ask the council to work on these issues on our behalf, and we encourage you to do the same. We must fight for better regulations to protect us from others who might perceive a situation that can be exploited.
To write a letter to WSLCB :
Refer to license #413450 in the name of Lopez Island Cannabis Company LLC at 1395 Lopez Sound Rd. Lopez Island, WA 98261. Laurent Bentitou is the owner of this property but he is not named in the LLC. He gifted his interest in the company to Tegan Smyth who owns 90% of the company, and Thomas Hickey, who owns 10%. None of these individuals live on Lopez Island.
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