March 13, 2022
PITTSFIELD — Pike County Zoning Board of Appeals had a public hearing Wednesday to review an application requesting a zoning change that would allow a parcel of land to house a marijuana-growing facility.
The land, just south of Martinsburg along County Highway 11, is zoned for agricultural use, but company Ganja Thai LLC has asked that the zoning be changed to industrial usage to allow for a proposed adult-use cannabis-growing facility, Pike County Zoning administrator Greg Wyatt said.
“The Planning Commission approved and recommended the petition to rezone and recommended the conditional-use permit to the zoning board,” Wyatt said. “… The zoning board did not recommend the petition to rezone and did not recommend the conditional-use permit.”
The Pike County zoning ordinance in the industrial zone for businesses dealing with cannabis would require a conditional-use permit, Wyatt said.
In addition to being a growing facility, GanjaThai’s operation also would be an adult-use cannabis craft-grow facility, adult-use cannabis-infuser organization and adult-use cannabis-transporter organization, which is different from being a marijuana dispensary.
The zoning issue could be on the agenda for the next Pike County board meeting, which is scheduled for 7 pm March 28 at Pike County Courthouse, 100 E. Washington St., Wyatt said. A live stream of the meeting will be available through Pike County Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page.
Darren Iozia is associate editor and joined the Jacksonville Journal-Courier in February 2020. Born and raised in the United Kingdom, he moved to the US and attended high school in Orlando, Florida, where his passion for photography and the arts eventually led him to pursue a career in journalism in college. He has experience in magazines and newspaper writing, photography and design for publications in Florida and Illinois.