Clark County WA Commissioners Ban Recreational Marijuana Facilities Outside City Limits

The ban is similar to one passed this year by Pierce County. The ordinance calls for marijuana processing and sales to remain off limits on county land unless the federal government legalizes it. That comes despite the passage of Initiative 502, approved by voters in 2012, which legalized the production and retail sale of marijuana.

WASHINGTON: The Clark County Board of Commissioners approved a ban Tuesday on the processing, production and sale of marijuana within its jurisdiction despite statewide legalization. Commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke affirmed the ordinance, effectively banning retail marijuana businesses from taking root on unincorporated land. They cited federal law outlawing marijuana as a motivating factor in Read the full article…

WA State Attorney General Expects Court Challenge To Local Pot Bans

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson discusses marijuana legalization at the Daily Record office in Ellensburg on Thursday. Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson discusses marijuana legalization at the Daily Record office in Ellensburg on Thursday.

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 Read the full article…

Marijuana expert suggests state contract with feds

Mark Kleiman advises a partnership between the federal government and the states, both of which legalized the recreational use of marijuana last fall.

COLORADO: A professor who serves as a lead consultant on implementing Washington state’s marijuana law has suggested that the U.S. Department of Justice enter into contracts with both Washington and Colorado to avoid a federal crackdown on state-licensed businesses that will sell marijuana.