Vancouver City Council approves moratorium on pot

Vancouver City Council approves moratorium on pot
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VANCOUVER, Wash. – Retailers that want licenses to grow, process and sell marijuana will have to wait until June 30 to apply for a city permit, KATU’s news partners, The Columbian, reported Monday night.

According to the paper, city councilors unanimously voted to approve the moratorium.

Last November, voters passed Initiative 502, which allows people 21 years old and older to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana.

The Washington State Liquor Control Board has said the maximum number of pot shops that can exist in the state be capped at 334. Vancouver is allowed six.

With the moratorium, the city now has more time to set zoning restrictions, according to The Columbian.

The state says pot businesses can’t be within a 1,000 feet of schools, child care centers, public parks and other public places.