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Cities Look to Recreational Marijuana Moratorium to Play it Safe

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PASCO, WA.-  The talk of pot is spreading around the area, but this time it's about positions.

NBC Right Now is learning, it's more of a cautious position cities and counties are looking to take when it comes to recreational marijuana.

The City of Pasco has already established a moratorium on issuing types of licenses relating to recreational pot, but now they're looking to extend the current 6 month moratorium. 

It's not just Pasco, Tuesday the City of Kennewick will vote on a similar 6 month moratorium.

Benton City is considering extending the marijuana moratorium for 12 more months.

The City of Richland is also considering resolution declaring a moratorium on the production, processing and retail sales of recreational pot.

Pasco's Community and Economic Development Director Rick White said the issue is with the Department of Justice.  " I think even though we might be in an area different from Seattle, I think most of the councils are pretty sympathetic to the fact that the voters approved the initiatives and they would like to see something on the books, preferably something that makes sense and doesn't get everybody in trouble at least from the Department of Justice," said White

White says the moratorium is used to allow for more time to research and receive direction from the legislature to develop regulations for recreational and medical marijuana.  He says once lawmakers develop regulations and they adopt the regulations, then the moratorium would expire.

Tuesday, Oct. 15th, the following cities are scheduled to discuss a recreational marijuana moratorium

Richland City Council -  7:30pm

Kennewick City Council -  6pm

Benton City Council -  7pm