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Richland City Council Extends Marijuana Moratorium For 6 More Months

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RICHLAND, WA - Washington state is moving along with regulations for recreational marijuana production, but the timeline locally is a little different.

At Tuesday night's Richland City Council meeting, council members extended the moratorium on the adoption of zoning regulations for growing and selling marijuana for another six months.

Council member Bob Thompson hopes that in six months, the city council can make a decision. "We can't wait for another governmental body to make a decision for us. There's a lot of excuses for not doing our jobs, so I fully expect this to be the last moratorium in the city of Richland on this particular issue," Thompson told NBC Right Now.

Thompson believes that in six months, state lawmakers won't be any closer to addressing the discrepancies between the state and federal regulations, but the council hopes to make a decision regardless.

The city also needs more time to research possible business zoning should they not ban marijuana sales.