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No marijuana advisory ballot in Gig Harbor

The city of Gig Harbor will not put retail marijuana to a citywide advisory vote after all.

In a 4-3 vote with Mayor Jill Guernsey breaking the tie, the City Council on Monday night directed staff members to prepare for an ordinance spelling out how to regulate marijuana sales. The first reading and public hearing will be part of the Aug. 11 council meeting.

Up for discussion will be a permanent ordinance dealing with locations of retail stores in the city limits. An open house will be scheduled at some point before the meeting.

“I don’t think we’re going to learn anything from an advisory vote ... this isn’t going to help any,” Guernsey said, explaining her vote.

In 2012, 54 percent of Gig Harbor citizens who cast ballots voted in favor of Initiative 502, the state measure that legalized recreational marijuana.

Council members Paul Kadzik, Tim Payne and Ken Malich voted Monday to move ahead with an ordinance. Casey Arbenz, Rahna Lovrovich and Michael Perrow dissented. Steve Ekberg was not in attendance.

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