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Franklin County Commissioners Pass Marijuana Moratorium

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PASCO, Wash.- Franklin County Commissioners took action Wednesday in response to Intitiative-502 by passing an ordinance that puts a moratorium on medical marijuana collective gardens in place.

This will give commissioners time to see how the federal government will handle the states approval of legalizing marijuana.  As well as, what considerations the county should make before accepting or issuing any collective garden permits, because at this time, it's still a violation of federal law.

Franklin County Prosecutor, Shawn Sant said, "If the federal government comes in and decides they're not going to treat marijuana any longer under certain amounts or change it and allow for the permitting of collective gardens for medicinal purposes, then we could go ahead with the permitting process."

However for now, the county can not risk the loss of federal funding and grants by allowing federally illegal conduct to take place," said Sant.

Next, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners will have 60 days to hold a public hearing regarding the marijuana moratorium.  Members of the community are encouraged to come and express their concerns to the board before they evaluate moving forward with what they are going to do.


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