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Franklin Co. Marijuana Moratorium to Last Until September

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Retail marijuana is expected to become a reality in Washington in July, but several cities and counties are saying, not here it won't. Retail marijuana is expected to become a reality in Washington in July, but several cities and counties are saying, not here it won't.
PASCO, WA - Retail marijuana is expected to become a reality in Washington in July, but several cities and counties are saying, not here it won't.

Franklin County is one county with a moratorium on marijuana sales and processing.

Franklin County commissioners met Wednesday where the public got the chance to share their thoughts. But the public said nothing. This was their chance to tell the commissioners their thoughts on the extended moratorium, but nobody spoke up.

Franklin County issued a six month moratorium last fall to prevent the processing and retail sales of marijuana and in March they extended the moratorium another six months.

Because no one spoke up and the commissioners came to an agreement, the moratorium will continue into September.

The commissioners extended the moratorium in March to see if the legislature would pass any bills on the drug. They did not.

The Franklin County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Timothy Dickerson said the county's decision on potentially removing the moratorium will have to wait.

"They didn't do anything or give us any answers as of yet. So ultimately the board on down the road is going to have to make a decision whether or not to let the moratorium lapse," said Dickerson.

With no public comment or action in the legislature, Franklin County will wait until September to review the moratorium.     

Commissioners said they will watch to see how legal marijuana milestones play out across the state and consider them when this moratorium expires.
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