The city of Puyallup will take its first look at a proposed moratorium on recreational marijuana as the Washington State Liquor Control Board works to finalize regulations on the sale and production of the product.
The Puyallup City Council will discuss the issue at its regular meeting Tuesday night, reviewing a proposal to temporarily ban production, processing and selling of marijuana and marijuana-infused products within the city limits.
Washington voters approved Initiative 502 last year in November, which among other provisions allows people 21 and older to possess and use up to an ounce of marijuana. The product is still illegal federally.
The proposed moratorium in Puyallup would give the city an opportunity to review the final regulations passed by the liquor board, which is scheduled to adopt rules this month to go into effect in September.
"By imposing a moratorium, it preserves the status quo and allows City staff to review the final rules when adopted by the WSLCB," according to a memo by Deputy City Attorney Steve Kirkelie.
The effort would allow the city to "study and draft potential comprehensive plan amendments, zoning and development regulations, business licensing regulations, and other regulatory controls pertaining to marijuana producers, processors, and retailers who receive a license from the WSLCB," the memo reads.
This is the first time Puyallup has addressed the impacts of I-502 since it was approved.
The proposed recreational pot moratorium would cover a period of 60 days, but could be extended or appealed.
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