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Citing a public health crisis, the Spokane Valley City Council on Tuesday passed a moratorium on all marijuana businesses other than retail, production and processing operations already licensed by the state of Washington. Citing a public health crisis, the Spokane Valley City Council on Tuesday passed a moratorium on all marijuana businesses other than retail, production and processing operations already licensed by the state of Washington.
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - In a last minute decision to add it to Tuesday night's agenda, and a unanimous vote, the Spokane Valley City Council passed a moratorium on all marijuana businesses not licensed or regulated by the state of Washington. 

Councilmember Arne Woodard told The Spokesman Review the city has seen an "explosion of DUIs before it was legal to buy marijuana, and since."

"We have different values here in the Valley," Woodard was quoted as saying. 

In a release sent to KHQ Wednesday night, the City of Spokane Valley stated the "moratorium allows the city to take adequate time to develop permanent regulations over new unlicensed marijuana uses (which include medical marijuana and private marijuana consumption lounges) that are appropriate for city of Spokane Valley. It also allows the City to incorporate any marijuana-related regulations that are passed by the State in 2015 into its local regulations."

The moratorium requires a public hearing be held within 60 days, after which the city can maintain it or change it. That public meeting is scheduled for January 27th. 

You can read the entire press release here: 

SPOKANE VALLEY, WA---A moratorium on new marijuana businesses not licensed or regulated by the Washington State Liquor Control Board was passed by the Spokane Valley City Council at its Tuesday, December 9 Council meeting.

The moratorium allows the city to take adequate time to develop permanent regulations over new unlicensed marijuana uses (which include medical marijuana and private marijuana consumption lounges) that are appropriate for city of Spokane Valley. It also allows the City to incorporate any marijuana-related regulations that are passed by the State in 2015 into its local regulations.

The moratorium is effective immediately for a period of one year or until permanent regulations are adopted, whichever is earlier. A summary of its impacts are below:

· Prohibits NEW applications for marijuana uses that are not otherwise licensed and regulated by the Washington State Liquor Control Board (LCB). Generally, these would be considered medical marijuana and private consumption lounges.

· DOES NOT APPLY TO existing medical marijuana businesses or existing private marijuana consumption lounges.

· DOES NOT APPLY TO existing or new recreational marijuana production, processing or retail sales licensed and regulated by the LCB under Initiative 502.

· DOES NOT PROHIBIT private personal recreational use and private personal medical use.

A Public Hearing on the moratorium is scheduled for Tuesday, January 27 during the City Council meeting to be held at 6:00pm in Council Chambers in City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague Avenue. Interested community members are encouraged to participate in that public hearing.

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