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City of Richland Discusses Retail Pot Moratorium

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RICHLAND, Wash. - After the Washington state Liquor Control Board delayed rules to regulate the legal use of marijuana, the City of Richland is now having their own discussion on the process.

Richland's City Council will get an update Tuesday night on the liquor control board's timeline for adopting marijuana regulations and discuss how their timeline might be different.

The city is considering a six month moratorium on the adoption of zoning regulations for growing and selling marijuana.

City council members say once the state releases their final rules next month they plan to hold community meetings to get public input on zoning for grow operations and retail locations. They say it would require extra time to incorporate the public concerns into those zoning decisions.

"We need to listen to people and encourage them to come forth with their opinions on this before we adopt regulation. So that we can incorporate those in the regulations," said Richland Mayor John Fox.

Mayor Fox says depending on the state's final rules, if Richland residents provide negative feedback about pot growing and selling in the city, they might not permit it at all, or at least make it very restrictive.

Mayor Fox encourages people who live in Richland to attend community meetings this fall to express their views.