City Council to Hold Public Hearing on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Moratorium

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On May 16, the Mountlake Terrace City Council will hold a public hearing to consider whether to continue a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries for the remainder of a six-month period or let it expire.

The Council adopted a moratorium at its April 4 meeting as a precaution in case the Washington State Legislature were to adopt a bill allowing such dispensaries. Before the end of the period, the Council may renew the moratorium if they believe additional time is needed to address issues.

The use of medical marijuana under limited conditions is allowed in Washington State, based on an initiative that was approved by voters statewide but the law does not provide for marijuana dispensaries.

The city’s municipal code prohibits the possession of marijuana. If a bill to authorize new methods of dispensing is adopted, the city will likely need to re-think its process for considering dispensaries. In that case, the Planning Commission would consider and recommend any amendments to the Zoning Code. The City Council would make a final decision.

Photo courtesy Troy Holden.

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