Bellevue WA City Council Opts Not To Ban Retail Pot Stores

WASHINGTON: The Bellevue City Council voted Monday night against banning legal pot businesses in the state’s fifth-largest city.

Led by Kevin Wallace, several council members said in March they wanted to consider a moratorium or ban on legal pot merchants in light of state Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s advisory opinion that cities could block the new legal industry.

But in a vote Wallace called for Monday on a six-month moratorium, only Conrad Lee sided with him. The five other council members voted for allowing legal pot businesses, with varying degrees of enthusiasm.

Jennifer Robertson noted that 59 percent of Bellevue’s electorate voted for Initiative 502 legalizing adult possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana. “We should respect the will of the voters,” she said.