Council pushes Pierce County pot ban forward

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TACOMA — The Pierce County Council voted 5-2 Tuesday to again effectively ban legal pot production, distribution and retail in many parts of the county after county executive Pat McCarthy voted to override the veto recently.

CR Douglas: New pot rules would outlaw dispensariesAccording to the Tacoma News Tribune, the council voted to override McCarthy’s veto of an ordinance that bans pot businesses in unincorporated areas of Pierce County in advance of I-502’s implementation. The vote bans pot businesses from operating in Pierce County until Congress either approves pot legalization or removes pot from its list of federally banned substances.

The council had previously voted 4-3 for the ban, and needed an extra vote to override McCarthy’s veto. Republican Councilman Doug Richardson changed his mind Tuesday, the News Tribune reported, and went along with the other four Republican members of the county council to ban pot ships.

Two Democrats on the council decided along with McCarthy and said that pot businesses should be allowed to legally operate in the county after Washington state voted to approve recreational marijuana last year.

The ban is likely to face a challenge in court, the News Tribune has previously reported.

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  • Concerned Citizen

    YES The ban will face a challenge in court, Because you cannot over th THE STATE LAW!
    Jack Wagon council members should already know that. Going to waste tax payers money trying to fight a loosing battle.

  • Chris

    And here is the Pierce county council thinking it knows better than the people they represent. As a voter, I will vote any one going against state law out. See you in court, where you will lose! Oh and thank you for causing a huge mess for business who are trying to setup in the county and get their applications approved.

    Of course if this was a half-way house or a drug center they would be falling all over themselves to get out of the way.

  • Chris

    FYI here are the ones who think they know better than the people they represent and also fine with ignoring our state constitution and laws.

    Stan Flemming, R-Gig Harbor; Jim McCune, R-Graham; Joyce McDonald, R-Puyallup; Dan Roach, R-Bonney Lake; and Richardson.

    Send them home at the next election!

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