WASHINGTON: The Metropolitan King County Council today approved a one-year moratorium on new medical-marijuana dispensaries and gardens in the unincorporated areas of the county.
In a unanimous vote, the council adopted the emergency legislation proposed by County Executive Dow Constantine.
The bill went through an expedited process and takes effect immediately. Constantine believed the normal process might have alerted entrepreneurs, according to a council staff analyst, who might then rush to open new facilities during the 10-day gap between when a bill is usually signed and when it takes effect.
The moratorium would not impact existing medical-marijuana facilities in unincorporated areas except that they would not be able to expand.