Yakima City Council Backtracks on Recreational Marijuana Plans
YAKIMA, WA -- As many cities across Washington are moving forward with plans for recreational marijuana use, Yakima is taking a step back.
It looks like Yakima's City Council will withdraw plans to allow growing, processing and selling recreational marijuana inside city limits. During Tuesday night's city council meeting, Council Member Maureen Adkison announced she's been thinking long and hard about her initial decision to vote against placing a ban on marijuana. She said for the first time ever, she's changing her vote.
Now, Adkison along with other council members are asking to draft a marijuana ban. Adkison said one of the main reasons she changed her mind is because recreational marijuana is still illegal in the eyes of the federal government.
"We say go ahead, plant it, package it, smoke it, do whatever you want and nobody in the state's going to bother you," said Adkison. "Fair enough. But when the feds decide to move in, what's going to happen to those folks?"
Adkison also said she's worried that legalized marijuana will make the drug more accessible to young kids.
A few council members opposed Adkison's initiative saying it could expose the city to a legal fight over the conflict with state law.