The City of Yakima's legal team has submitted a letter to the State Attorney General stating their case for keeping marijuana businesses out of the city.
YAKIMA, WA - The City of Yakima's legal team has submitted a letter to the State Attorney General stating their case for keeping marijuana businesses out of the city.
The City of Yakima was responding to questions posed by the State Attorney General. The Attorney General wanted to know whether cities think Initiative 502 preemptively forces their participation in allowing marijuana businesses.
In a 15-page letter, the City Attorney stated that, in their opinion, cities have the authority to ban these marijuana businesses inside city limits.
City Attorney Jeff Cutter says Yakima has the right to not allow these businesses. Even if the Liquor Control Board issues a marijuana license.
"To prohibit (I-502)," Jeff Cutter said. "To refuse the location of those businesses. Do we have that right? We believe we do."
The State Attorney General is planning to review letters from around the state and present a formal opinion to the State Liquor Control Board early next year. Currently, Yakima is under a 6-month moratorium on marijuana businesses.
In November, the city council voted 4-3 to ask the city attorney to draft a marijuana ban for Yakima.