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Yakima Seeks State Tax Revenue from Marijuana Sales Despite Pot Ban

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YAKIMA, WA - Even though the City of Yakima is banning selling, growing and processing marijuana, the City Council wants tax revenue from the upcoming pot industry. 

The city council voted on Friday to seek state tax revenue brought in businesses in cities that do allow recreational marijuana.

Yakima joined in on a letter by the Association of Washington Cities, asking the state to share recreational marijuana taxes with cities.

City staff and police say the money would help pay for public resources that will be strained from legal marijuana use in other parts of the state. 

Councilman Dave Ettl says the city's position is not hypocritical. Alison Holcomb, who led the initiative that legalized marijuana, says cities like Yakima contribute to public-safety problems by banning marijuana and pushing it into illegal activity.

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