College Place to revisit marijuana moratorium

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COLLEGE PLACE — A proposed moratorium on marijuana operations in the city will be up for a hearing Monday.

The City Council will take up the matter at the start of its regular meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 625 S. College Ave.

The hearing is a follow-up to direction the Council gave staff in September to draw up an ordinance to place a moratorium on zoning regulations and permits for marijuana growing, processing and retail operations.

Action on the proposed ordinance may follow Monday’s hearing.

If approved, the city would join Walla Walla County and the city of Waitsburg in having a moratorium on marijuana operations. Other counties and cities in the state have enacted or are considering moratoriums as they consider how to deal with the ramifications of Initiative 502, which legalized recreational marijuana in Washington state.

Although the Washington State Liquor Control Board will be in charge of regulating and licensing pot growers, processors and sellers, cities and counties must deal with how to draw up local zoning and permitting ordinances for those operations.

Some cities, such as Seattle, are moving ahead to permit marijuana operations. But other cities and counties are holding back due to concerns over potential federal prosecution and other legal issues.

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