County Executive McCarthy Vetoes Pierce County Council Prohibition On Marijuana Businesses

WASHINGTON:  Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has vetoed the County Council’s ordinance that prohibits licensed marijuana businesses from operating until the U.S. Congress removes marijuana from the list of federally controlled substances.

McCarthy said the county’s ordinance conflicts with state law. She said the county must comply with state law, which permits the licensing of marijuana businesses.

In a letter to the council released Monday, McCarthy said she has concerns about legal risks the council’s ordinance poses regarding “federal authorization.” She urged the council to “approve clear and well-defined zoning regulations that protect our neighborhoods.” [Read more…]