ELLENSBURG, WA - Unlike the City of Yakima's all out ban, Ellensburg is going in the complete opposite direction.
The current moratorium on growing, processing and selling marijuana will be lifted February 28th, and zoning laws will go into effect March 3rd.
Ellensburg Mayor Rich Elliott said the city council believes this is the responsible way to go about honoring Initiative 502. The mayor said the majority of voters within city limits voted in favor of the initiative by 10 percent.
He said applying State Liquor Control Board guidelines within the city seems to be the best way to stay out of legal liability.
"It's legal, people in the city voted for it," said Mayor Elliott. "People in the state voted for it. We don't want to put the city in a position where we're trying to defend something based on our own personal views."
Mayor Elliott said if the city notices negative effects from implementing Initiative 502, they will have to find a way to readjust.
The State Liquor Control Board is allowing two retail shops in Ellensburg, and two more outside city limits throughout Kittitas County. As of today, seven people have applied for a retail license in Ellensburg.