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The city's stop work order and unsafe notices on the entrance to Green Society Group in Maple Valley.
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The Green Society Group has received a stop work order and unsafe notice from the city of Maple Valley.

According to GSG's owner, Chris Schoonover, an official from the city posted the notices to the entrance of his business Thursday afternoon after his permit was allegedly denied by the city due to the city's moratorium on medical marijuana gardens and dispensaries.

“I was greeted at the desk and told they weren’t accepting it from me,” Schoonver said. “I thought he was joking. He said, 'We’re not recognizing any permits until the moratorium is lifted.'"

Schoonover stated that in spite of the notices, business is still open.

GSG is located at 22210 S.E. 272nd Street in Frontier Square.

“I thought things were going to come to a resolution,” Schoonover said.

Schoonover has described his business, which opened on April 20, as specializing in “palliative care and networking solutions,” which includes medical marijuana collective gardens.

The city passed a moratorium on collective gardens and dispensaries in July of last year.

Both Schoonover and his attorney, Jay Bernberg, have argued that his business does not fall under the moratorium.

Maple Valley city officials were unavailable for comment at this time.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

 

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