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Lynden puts moratorium on pot sales

Lynden puts moratorium on pot sales

KGMI News Reporting
By Karen Taylor

LYNDEN, Wash. – The Lynden City Council has passed a six-month moratorium on recreational pot sales.

The council approved the moratorium 5 to 0, with two members absent, at its Monday meeting.

Mayor Scott Korthuis says the rules being drafted by the state Liquor Control Board have yet to be finalized and they wanted to give the city more time to prepare.

Play Scott Korthuis on moratorium

Korthuis says their main concern is over the vague 1,000 foot buffer requirement between pot stores and schools.

The state Liquor Control Board plans to file an emergency rule in October to make the 1,000 foot buffer be applied using the shortest straight line, not over roads or walkways.

The Lynden City Council will host a public hearing about the issue at its October 21 meeting.

According to the state’s draft rules, Lynden would be allowed one retail pot store.