Pot Dispensary Moratorium Extension on LFP Council Agenda

The Lake Forest Park City Council will hold a public hearing Thursday and vote on extending for six months the moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries and gardens.

The Lake Forest Park City Council wants another six months to work on regulations related to medical marijuana gardens and dispensaries in light of voter-approved Initiative 502 and earlier legislation.

A public hearing is planned at Thursday’s regular meeting on Ordinance 1054, which would extend for another six months a moratorium on gardens and dispensaries.

In July 2011, the city first passed a six-month moratorium on collective gardens and dispensaries. This would be the third extension and would let the city “take additional time to research and determine the appropriate regulatory framework for any new uses that are currently allowed, or may be allowed, under Washington law,” according to an executive summary of the ordinance.

Redmond, Sammamish, Covington and Lake Stevens also have extended their moratoriums three times, and Sultan will consider it this month, too, according to the summary.

Thursday’s meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, with the marijuana ordinance hearing set for 7:30.

Meanwhile, a public meeting on implementing I-502 is set for Thursday night in Seattle. The meeting at Seattle City Hall starts with an open house from 6-7 p.m., a board welcome and overview until 7:15 p.m., and then public testimony from 7:15 to 10 p.m. This is the closest public meeting for Lake Forest Park and Shoreline residents. Here’s a list of the other I-502 meetings.


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