Land-Use Ordinance In Yakima Nixes Pot Operations
(CBS Seattle) — Yakima County commissioners have unanimously decided to move forward with a land-use ordinance for the county — and as a result, growing, processing and selling recreational marijuana will be prohibited in all unincorporated areas of the County.
Tuesday’s decision was based widely on the rejection of Initiative 502 by Yakima County voters, according to the Yakima Herald.
I-502, the legalization of recreational of marijuana, was approved statewide in November, but the law allows local governments to ban operations. Additionally, the land-use ordinance bans the production and sale of recreational marijuana — though it does not impact laws allowing people to merely possess the drug.
A crowd of only ten people were present for the decision, according to the Yakima Herald.
Commissioner Kevin Bouchey noted that nearly 60 percent of voters in Yakima County rejected I-502 and that his decision to approve the land-use ordinance represents “the best interests of the residents.”
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