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New rules needed for medical marijuana growing

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PASCO, Wash.—In a week and a half, marijuana dispensaries will turn to collective garden co-ops, but local city representatives say there are no local rules or regulations in effect. 

The new law that goes into effect July 22nd will allow patients to team-up and grow the drug in certain locations, instead of going to a dispensary much like a store.

Pasco's City Council met Monday night and discussed a resolution that will be considered by the council Monday, July 18th.  The resolution is a proposed moratorium.  The moratorium would mean a delay in collective medical marijuana gardens until the city can create rules and regulations.  The city is asking for input from not only medical marijuana users but also providers.

"Can they be outdoors? Do they need to be surrounded by a fence? Do they need to have security lighting? Those are all good questions and very few if any community in the state of Washington are prepared to answer those right now," says Rick White, Pasco Community Development Director.

If the moratorium is approved, it will give the city time to research what other cities and counties have done.  Pasco City Council is meeting Monday, July 18th.  Kennewick is meeting Wednesday, July 12th and Richland has yet to set a date.