Ban on marijuana stores narrowly approved in Lakewood

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The Lakewood City Council has narrowly voted to ban marijuana shops, joining the ranks of several other Pierce County cities that have said they don’t want cannabis businesses to operate within their borders.

The News Tribune reports that the City Council earlier this month voted 4-3 to ban marijuana retailers, ending the ambiguity of a long-standing practice in which the city hadn’t officially banned weed shops but wouldn’t permit them to open.

The Lakewood Planning Commission reviewed the issue for months, finally recommending that pot shops be outlawed. The commission came up with alternatives, including an option to site them in limited areas. But supporters of the ban argued that tax revenue from two shops wouldn’t make a difference in the city’s budget.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com