Pierce County will block legalized sales of marijuana as long as there’s a conflict between state and federal control of the drug.
The County Council Tuesday won its struggle with County Executive Pat McCarthy by overturning her veto of council legislation that prohibits licensed marijuana vendors and manufacturers from doing business until Congress removes pot from the list of controlled substances under federal law.
Five of the seven council members voted to override the veto. They included Councilmen Jim McCune and Dan Roach, whose districts include south Pierce County.
The council’s position goes against the wishes of voters in Pierce County and statewide who approved legalized marijuana sales for recreational users by passing Initiative 502 in the 2012 election. Since then, the state Liquor Control Board, which will regulate marijuana businesses, has set regulations and begun taking applications from prospective growers, producers and sellers of marijuana. The state will allow 31 such businesses in Pierce County.
(Read more in the Dec. 18 print edition of The Dispatch)