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Prosser Temporarily Stops New Marijuana Businesses from Opening

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PROSSER, WA - The City of Prosser has voted on a moratorium to stop more marijuana businesses from opening in the new couple of months. 

Mayor Paul Warden says the new moratorium will last through September, when the planning commission can give recommendations to the council about zoning laws, hours of operation, and location regulations for marijuana businesses. 

A public comment period is now open so people can weigh in on both sides of the issue. There public comment period will end with a public hearing at the city council meeting on September 23rd. 

Mayor Warden says he, the city planner and the city attorney originally proposed a moratorium on growing and processing marijuana to study the water and waste water usage, as well as any other environmental impacts of growing and processing marijuana. 

Warden says the city council then asked to add retail stores to the moratorium as well. 

The newly enacted moratorium does not affect the marijuana retail shop, Altitude, which is currently open in Prosser. The moratorium instead puts a hold on any future stores from opening until the moratorium expires. At that point the city council could consider a ban on marijuana sales, but Warden says he thinks that's unlikely.