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Fife City Council could extend moratorium on medical marijuana collective gardens

Post by Kari Plog / The News Tribune on July 8, 2013 at 2:37 pm with No Comments »
July 8, 2013 2:37 pm

The Fife City Council will likely take action on an ordinance that would extend a ban on collective gardens for medical marijuana at its meeting Tuesday night.

The city first passed a moratorium on collective gardens in August 2011, after the state Legislature authorized qualifying patients to create and participate in the gardens for medical purposes.

Collective gardens allow people with diagnosed terminal or debilitating illness to share responsibility for acquiring and supplying the resources required to produce and process cannabis for medical use.

The state’s law is subject to guidelines, which limit the number of participating patients and the number of plants, among other requirements.

The city has extended the ban three times for a number of reasons, the most recent of which was in January this year amid the passage of Initiative 502 that legalized recreational marijuana use in Washington state.

Given the conflict between state and federal law regarding the substance — and the city’s lack of regulation — council members are once again considering an extension on the ban.

“The city has not yet completed (a) study of the potential impacts of medical marijuana collective gardens and needs more time to do so,” according to a summary on the City Council agenda. “Another moratorium extension is therefore needed to allow additional time to analyze the potential impacts of medical marijuana collective gardens and to develop appropriate zoning regulations.”

The City Council will review and likely vote on the issue at its meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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