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City council discusses medical marijuana moratorium

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- City council discusses medical marijuana moratorium. Kennewick's City Council will discuss an extension of the city's moratorium on medical marijuana collective gardens.  City councils are in the position to regulate medical marijuana if patients can be part of growing collectives.

On Tuesday Kennewick Council members told said they're going to need more time to think about their decisions because of conflicting state and federal laws on the drug. Under the Controlled Substance Act, Federal law says marijuana regulation is a felony. Washington State law allows some areas to regulate the distribution of the drug.

Mayor Pro Tem Sharon Brown says "we really as a city don't want to jump the gun. we really need to do our research and make sure we're prepared before we enact any regulations."

Council members plan to extend an existing moratorium at Tuesday night's meeting. The moratorium prohibits medical marijuana collective gardens in the city. Council members want another 180 day extension so they can discuss the issue more in-depth.

The council wants to wait till next year's legislative session to make a decision.