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Local governments could impose marijuana bans and moratoriums indefinitely

Local governments could impose marijuana bans and moratoriums indefinitely
CLARKSTON, WA - As far as recreational marijuana goes, leaders from Asotin County are working on zoning laws.

The zoning and planning commission chairman said he's anticipating it will be a short and easy process.

Mark Rudd is the zoning and planning commission chairman.

The Commission has been tasked with figuring out where pot shops, grows and distributors can open up in the county.

He said, at this point, it will likely take three meetings to finalize a recommendation to the county commissioners.

"Probably the processing and the grows might be the most contested,” said Rudd. “But if nobody turns out then we're on our own."

Rudd said the meetings are open to the public but rarely do people come to voice their opinion.

Just last week, the Attorney General's Office for the state of Washington released a statement allowing local governments to impose moratoriums and bans indefinitely.

Rudd said the Commission has the choice to extend their current six month moratorium, however Rudd anticipates the process to take about three months.

The City of Clarkston also separately has a six month moratorium on pot.
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