WA State Attorney General Expects Court Challenge To Local Pot Bans

WASHINGTON: The right of city and county governments to ban marijuana businesses allowed by state law will face a court challenge, likely to the state Supreme Court, said state Attorney General Bob Ferguson during meetings Wednesday in Kittitas County.

Ferguson issued a legal opinion in January that local governments have a right to put their own regulations, or an outright ban, on state-licensed pot businesses allowed by the passage of Initiative 502 in November 2012.

Several city and county governments around the state, since the initiative’s approval by state voters, have taken action to prohibit licensed marijuana businesses from operating within their jurisdictions, or have issued moratoriums pending future legal determinations.

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