Council slows pot retailers from taking root

By Laura Daniali | Feb 05, 2014

In a 4-2 vote, the Edmonds City Council extended the moratorium on developing marijuana regulations regarding retailers, producers and processors, citing the need for more time to review licensing agreements and the upcoming Planning Board meeting on Feb. 12.

Councilmembers Strom Peterson and Adrienne Fraley-Monillas opposed the extension.

City Attorney Jeff Taraday said that the Planning Board has made progress, but due to the ongoing nature of the process, more time is needed to complete the planning phase before presenting the council with a set of regulations.

The Planning Board will address zoning regulations in its upcoming meeting.

The council enacted the moratorium on Nov. 26 to allow it time to plan for zoning regulations and comply with requirements set by the Washington State Liquor Control Board pertaining to I-502.

“The moratorium was supposed to allow the city and the Planning Board to give some thought to, first of all, whether we want to allow these establishments to exist in the first place and, second of all, if we do, where do we want to allow them and what types of zoning regulations should apply to them,” Taraday said.

He said the Planning Board would likely make a recommendation to the city within the next month or two.

The moratorium was originally set to expire on Feb. 20.

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