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Commissioners' approve marijuania moratorium in Asotin County

Commissioners' approve marijuania moratorium in Asotin County
CLARKSTON, WA - A sixth month marijuana moratorium is now in effect after Monday night's Asotin County Commission meeting.

The hold restricts the use, sale and distribution of pot in the county. This includes the city limits of Clarkston as they passed their own separate moratorium last week. Asotin County Attorney Jane Risley said the hold is for the benefit of the zoning and planning commission. Risley said the federal government shares some of their concerns with the law. However the moratorium didn't pass without pushback.

"My belief is that a moratorium is not necessary," said Clarkston resident Matt Clemens. "And that there is plenty of legwork that has been done that can be looked at for what needs to happen here."

"One of their concerns are states who are near states who don't have legal marijuana and we have two states that have that so for us it's a little heavier law enforcement burden," said Risley.

Risley said the federal government isn't allowing any pot on their lands and Asotin County has several areas that are federally owned, all details the zoning and planning commission has to consider.

A public hearing is scheduled on January 6th to get input from the public about the future sale, growth and distribution of pot in our area.
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