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Many cities set rules on legal pot sales, PA not one of them

January 2nd, 2014 - 6:22am

(Seattle) - Sales of recreational marijuana are due to start in Washington around late spring, but there's no welcome mat for pot businesses in dozens of cities around the state.

However, Port Angeles is one of a handful of cities in the survey that has taken no action.

A new Seattle-based marijuana think tank called The Center for the Study of Cannabis and Social Policy surveyed the 75 most populous cities in Washington to look at how local governments are handling Washington's legal pot law, Initiative 502.

The survey found that a few cities have effectively banned or threatened to ban pot businesses until the drug is legalized federally, and just under three dozen, ranging from Redmond to Pullman, have imposed moratoriums of six months to one year.

In Port Angeles, there are no official changes to zoning codes, moratoriums or bans on the legal sale and processing of pot. PA is one of about a dozen out of the 75 cities that has taken to new action after passage of I-502.

Officials in 23 cities have passed zoning rules dictating where the pot shops, gardens and processing facilities can open.

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