Yakima voters to have say on county’s recreational pot ban

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Voters in the unincorporated areas of Yakima County will vote in November on whether they think the county’s ban on recreational marijuana businesses should be lifted.

The Herald-Republic reports that county commissioners say the ban was put into place when Yakima County voters rejected the initiative that legalized recreational marijuana in 2012 by 57.8 percent.

The November vote will be an advisory vote, meaning commissioners still have final say on the ban despite the outcome of the election.

There are currently more than 20 marijuana businesses in unincorporated areas of the county, despite the ban. Many of them initially were operations only providing medical marijuana before the state began regulating both medical and recreational pot under one market.