Bonney Lake Marijuana Ban Challenged

WASHINGTON:  Bonney Lake’s ban on recreational marijuana businesses has spurred two lawsuits, filed in Pierce County Superior Court recently, that seek to overturn the city ordinance adopted early this year.

One complaint claims the city’s moratorium and subsequent prohibition on pot retailers, producers and processors are unconstitutional.

The other suit contends the decision to ban pot businesses in the plateau city of more than 18,000 people was based, in part, on “a hearing that was conducted unconstitutionally.” It states a councilman prematurely stopped the attorney of a prospective marijuana retailer from speaking prior to the vote.

Councilman Dan Swatman says he followed proper procedure for public comment. He said the city is confident a judge will uphold its ban. 

 

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