(CBS Seattle) — The Bellingham City Council voted Monday night to lift a moratorium on recreational marijuana businesses, according to the Bellingham Herald.

The vote was unanimous, with one council member absent. The ordinance goes into effect immediately and allows legal pot businesses to open in commercial and industrial zones in the city. The moratorium was put in place July 1.

The Washington State Liquor Control Board will begin accepting applications for marijuana business licences starting next month. Now that the moratorium is lifted, entrepreneurs in Bellingham can find locations for their businesses before applying for licenses. The rules passed Monday can only stay in place for one year, according to the Herald, so city leaders plan to fast-track permanent rules for recreational marijuana to be in place by 2014.

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