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Pasco City Staff Recommend Extending Pot Moratorium an Additional 6 Months for Research

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PASCO, WA.-  The City of Pasco held a public hearing as part of the process for instituting a moratorium for recreational marijuana Monday and as NBC Right Now learned, it may be for more than the original six month moratorium proposed.

One resident stood up and asked council, "What's the point of instituting another moratorium regarding recreational marijuana?"

Council members say they want to walk cautiously on their position of recreational marijuana.

In September, the City of Pasco approved a resolution establishing a six month moratorium on issuing types of licenses relating to recreational pot.

Now, staff is recommending that moratorium be extended an additional six months to September 2014. 

Pasco's Community and Economic Development Director Rick White said, "For example, if we get remarkable clarity from the legislature this coming season and we have regulations developed by April or May and they're adopted, then the moratorium would expire."

The city is hoping this additional six month moratorium will give them time to research and receive direction from the legislature to develop local regulations for recreational and medical marijuana.

The mayor says Pasco council members will adopt the proposed resolution and a work plan in two weeks.