Between March and May, the City conducted an online survey to gauge the response of Auburn residents to marijuana, and with an average of 79 responding out of the 343 participating, here are some of the key questions and responses:
• Should there be a limit on the number of (marijuana) stores in Auburn? Yes, 45.6 percent; no, 54.4 percent.
• Should (marijuana) retailers be allowed in Auburn? Yes, 70.5 percent; no 29.5 percent.
• Should there be a limit on the amount or number of (marijuana) processors in Auburn? Yes, 37.3 percent; no, 62.7 percent.
• The state of Washington has already established licensing requirements for marijuana-related businesses. Should the City consider establishing additional requirements that recognize local concerns? Yes, 57 percent; no, 43 percent.
• Should the City establish rules that separate marijuana-related business from other types of uses such as schools, churches, day care centers and parks? Yes, 77.2 percent; 34.2 percent, no.
According to the survey, 92.4 percent of those who participated live in Auburn and 34.2 percent of them work in Auburn.
Councilman Bill Peloza, who does not support recreational marijuana use, was surprised by the results.
“I am astonished at the positive comments by our citizens, supporting the marijuana movement,” Peloza said.