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Yakima County Commissioners Extend Pot Moratorium for Another 6 Months

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If you're looking to grow, process or even sell marijuana in Yakima County, you're going to have to wait at least six more months. If you're looking to grow, process or even sell marijuana in Yakima County, you're going to have to wait at least six more months.

YAKIMA, WA - If you're looking to grow, process or even sell marijuana in Yakima County, you're going to have to wait at least six more months.

Yakima County Commissioners voted Tuesday to extend the current moratorium.

Commissioners said they need six more months to listen and collect public input for and against allowing pot sales in Yakima County.

The current six month moratorium expires at the end of the month, and commissioners said they used that time to fully research Initiative 502 and understand how it relates to counties. Now, they'll open a public process with the county's planning commission and people will get another chance to voice their opinions.

Some people we spoke with said they're frustrated with the delay, saying they've already invested a lot of time and money into developing a business.

"If I don't get things done, resolved here with this county, I'm looking to relocate somewhere else out of state," said Tim. "Taking my business somewhere else, revenue, the employees, everything."

"If we weren't bound to allow this public process, we could make a decision today," said Mike Leita, a Yakima County Commissioner. "But we feel compelled to hear the public fully, both sides."

The commissioners said they'll make their final decision whether to ban or regulate pot sales after the planning commission makes their recommendation.

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