Yakima County Considers Broader License System To Discourage Pot Businesses

WASHINGTON:  In an effort to keep marijuana businesses from cropping up in unincorporated areas of Yakima County — where they are banned despite state approval — county commissioners are discussing whether to create a county business license system.

Such a system would make county officials aware of any new businesses that otherwise might fall under the radar, said Yakima County Commissioner Mike Leita.

“We’re simply now discussing a very forthright, open way to eliminate any confusion of our ban on marijuana,” he said in a recent interview. “There’s a lot of vacant buildings in Yakima County and we have no way of finding out if someone starts a business that’s not allowed in one of them.”

So far, four marijuana businesses in unincorporated areas of the county have obtained operating licenses from the state since Initiative 502, which legalized recreational marijuana, was approved.

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