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City of Pasco Ponders Moratorium on Legal Marijuana

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PASCO, Wash. - One of the largest cities in eastern Washington is pondering on a six-month moratorium on producing, processing and selling legalized recreational marijuana within city limits.
The Pasco City Council says it needs more time to review the possible impacts of a state-regulated marijuana system.  Voters approved legalized marijuana last fall with the passage of Initiative 502.
Councilman Saul Martinez says legalized marijuana puts the city at risk of violating federal law and interferes with what Washington voters want.
City attorney Leland Kerr says cities can set six-month or yearlong moratoriums on marijuana-related businesses.  The longer moratorium would require the city to show it is putting together a work plan for approving the businesses.
The first licenses for marijuana-related businesses in the state are expected to be issued late this year or early next year.
The council is expected to vote on the moratorium during a meeting on September 3rd.  A public hearing is planned for October 7th.