REDMOND, Wash. -- Families moved to Redmond Ridge for the schools, parks and close knit community. They never expected they could end up with a large marijuana growing and processing plant as a neighbor.

This is like a mini city, said Redmond Ridge parent Tamara Collins, we re not called a city, but we re like a city and it shouldn t be up here.

Last week Redmond Ridge residents learned that a company named Red Ridge Farms had filed for a permit with the Washington State Liquor Control Board to operate a growing and processing facility in a large nondescript business park in Redmond Ridge. The site is surrounded by trees and is beyond the one thousand foot buffer from schools and parks, but just barely. And it s adjacent to a popular trail used frequently by adults and children of all ages. There is a ball park and day care facility less than a third of a mile away.

It s very inconsiderate and outrageous. You can do it somewhere but don t do it in a neighborhood that s filled with kids said Ruth Thomas, a 15 year old resident of Redmond Ridge who predicts having a marijuana facility nearby would encourage more teenagers to try the drug.

Redmond Ridge residents waged a petition campaign and turned up in force at a King County Council hearing Monday afternoon arguing passionately against locating a marijuana grow operation so close to a densely populated residential community.

After hearing from dozens of residents and receiving hundreds of phone calls and e-mails, the King County Council appeared to be reconsidering. A vote on the re-zoning ordinance was postponed until Dec. 9.

King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert told KING 5 that she will introduce an amendment to the ordinance removing Redmond Ridge as an approved site.

There s too many young children and senior citizens in the area and I don t think it should be done in an area that s this dense, Lambert said.

Read or Share this story: