YAKIMA, WA.-- The City of Yakima is calling a time
out on anyone applying for permits to sell recreational marijuana.
Yakima's City Council voted to implement a six
month moratorium on marijuana production and sales giving them more time to
structure and draft zoning regulations.
The city's mayor said council members want more
control over where pot stores can go. The state has issued 14 licenses in Yakima
County, including five inside city limits.
The city said this is completely new territory and
can be a controversial issue. In a narrow vote, the city voted not to place a
permanent ban on marijuana.
"It's complicated. It can be frustrating at times for the council, but in a close 4-3 vote, we're moving ahead with how we can have more local control over something that the state's going to put on us anyway," said Mayor Micah Cawley.
This latest moratorium will go into effect next month. Then the city says they'll come back in six months to get laws on the books.
But council members also tell NBC Right Now that the way the state handles the initiative will have a big impact. The state has a long list of rules and processes that will be in place by the end of the year.