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% Port discusses leasing plan for Cannabis companies By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoneounty.eom Cannabis producers and processors face a Catch-22 when leasing buildings. "There's a lot of con- fusion still at the state level as to how we're go- ing to do this, how we're going to implement it," Port Executive Director John Dobson said. The Port of Shelton Commission directed Dobson to begin send- ing letters of intent to companies interested in leasing one of two build- ings on port property. A half-dozen Can- nabis growing and pro- cessing companies have expressed an interest in leasing buildings owned by the Port of Shelton. "I'm very impressed with the quality of folks that have applied," said interest in leasing a commissioner Kristy building to a company, Buck. "(They are)very provided it gets a li- well-capitalized, profes- cense, and will give that sional folks." company an address to The companies are use on its application still going through the with the Liquor Control state Liquor Control Board. Board's application pro- "I think the letter of cess for their state li- intent will suffice for an censes, address," Commissioner To get those licenses, Tom Wallitner said. the companies must If the port issues let- have a physical address, ters of intent to two sep- "These applicants are arate companies for the going to need either a same building, and both lease agreement or alet- businesses get licenses, ter of intent before they the port could choose be- are permitted," Dobson tween the two, Dobson said. said. If the port enters into "As a landlord we a lease with a company want to pick the best that is not yet licensed, candidate," he said. and that company is The port has two ultimately denied a li- buildings available that cense by the state, it would suit the needs would have to break its of a Cannabis grower lease with the port. or processor. One is a A letter of intent 30,000-square-footbuild- would express the port's ing at its Sanderson Field 360.426,4743 property and the second is a 10,000-square-foot building at its Johns Prairie Industrial Site. According to Dobson, the Federal Aviation Administration, which reviews all non-aviation related leases at the Sanderson Field proper- ty, have not voiced any concerns with the port leasing space to a li- censed Cannabis grower or processor. An additional 12 acres at the Johns Prai- rie site could be devel- oped into an area desig- nated for Cannabis busi- nesses, Dobson said. "That's where we'd like to see it all end up," he said. Commissioner Dick Taylor expressed con- cerns about leasing to a Cannabis company, considering marijuana is considered an illegal drug by the federal gov- ernment. "What happens to the funds that were paid to us from this illegal orga- nization?" he asked. Dobson said the leas- es will allow the port and tenants to break the lease if the federal gov- ernment takes action against Washington Cannabis businesses. "The feds are actually in Olympia right now working with the state to lay all this out," he said. Nerofit Briefs St. Patrick's Day fundraiser scheduled March 5 in Victor Belfair-based Faith in Action Senior Services hosts a St. Patrick's Day dinner and auction at 6 p.m. March 5 at the Victor Improvement Club. Tickets are $20, and all the proceeds benefit seniors and residents with disabilities. Tickets are available at the Faith in Action Thrift Store at 40 Old Belfair Highway, and at the Faith in Action office at 23780 state Route 3. The event includes a corned beef and cabbage dinner, and silent and live auctions. If you want to donate items for the auction or volunteer your time, call 275-0535. Habitat for Humanity families wanted for 2014 Habitat for Humanity of Mason County is ac- cepting applications for families for homes being built in 2014. The homes are sold to partner families at no profit, and are financed through low-interest or no-interest loans. To be eligible, the family must have lived in Mason County for at least one year; be willing to partner with Habitat for Human- ity; have a steady gross income of 30 percent to 60 percent of the current median for Ma- son County; be willing to work 400 hours of "sweat equity" as a down payment toward the new home; and be in need of a safe living en- vironment. For an application or to get more information, call Habitat for Humanity of Mason County at 426-8134 or visit its website. 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