Pierce County Reconsidering Its Ban On Retail Marijuana Businesses

WASHINGTON:  Pierce County’s ban on retail marijuana businesses didn’t stop a state-regulated cannabis shop from opening in Parkland three months ago. It also hasn’t slowed the sales of cannabis through so-called “green cross” medical marijuana outlets.

Both of those developments are telling some Pierce County Council members that the ban the council adopted 18 months ago isn’t working.

Three of the council’s seven members have endorsed a measure to repeal the ban on marijuana production, processing and sales.

They say it may be steering business to gray-market shops instead of the tightly regulated stores Washington voters endorsed when they voted to legalize marijuana three years ago.


Pierce County Council Weighs Ban On Marijuana Retail Stores

WASHINGTON: Washington state expects to license about 17 marijuana retail stores in unincorporated Pierce County, but a majority of the Pierce County Council supports measures to effectively ban the stores.

Tacoma attorney Jay Berneburg represents clients who operate medical marijuana dispensaries and want to apply for state licenses to grow and sell recreational marijuana. He said a ban would fly in the face of voter approval for legalization through Initiative 502. [Read more…]