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Pasco City Council Discusses Ban on Retail Pot, Pasco Man Fights to Open Shop

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A Pasco man is fighting to keep the idea of a retail marijuana store in Pasco alive.On Monday evening, at the Pasco City Council meeting, council members discussed a ban on the sales and production of retail and medical marijuana. A Pasco man is fighting to keep the idea of a retail marijuana store in Pasco alive.On Monday evening, at the Pasco City Council meeting, council members discussed a ban on the sales and production of retail and medical marijuana.
PASCO, WA - A Pasco man is fighting to keep the idea of a retail marijuana store in Pasco alive.

On Monday evening, at the Pasco City Council meeting, council members discussed a ban on the sales and production of retail and medical marijuana. 

No decision was made, but several council members are leaning towards banning pot.  Right now, there is a moratorium on marijuana sales in the city, but that moratorium expires September 1st.

David Morgan, a man who is in process of applying for a retail pot license, wants the city to consider allowing shops. Morgan has already picked out a spot for his store that follows all the state's guidelines. 

If there's one thing the council members and Morgan agree on, it's that it comes down to the votes. 

"This council's decision to ban marijuana after a clear public vote to the contrary undermines and eventually weakens our democratic processes and our form of government; therefore, I will not support an ordinance which clearly ignores a majority vote of Washington State," believes Council Member Rebecca Francik.

On the other hand, Council Member Al Yenney disagrees, "Franklin County, which the City of Pasco has the majority population of, was soundly against having marijuana shops on the street."

"We voted on it, you known the state voted on it and our city's kind of overruling our popular vote and I don't think that is  necessary a good thing for our city or state," Morgan told NBC Right.

The city council could vote to ban processing and selling recreational and medical marijuana at their meeting next week.

Pasco Mayor Matt Watkins says the council is waiting on more guidance from the state legislature. 
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