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Pot moratorium hearing set for Island County

With little discussion, the Island County commissioners set a date for the public hearing on a proposed moratorium on new marijuana production and sales.

The board will hear public comment at 10:15 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4 in the commissioners hearing room at the county courthouse.

The county is following the lead of the Oak Harbor City Council, which adopted a six-month moratorium on new marijuana production and sales on both recreational and medical marijuana last month.

The move to control the industry is in response to the passage of Washington State law Initiative 502, which allows for the production, sale and use of recreational marijuana.

While the details of the law are still being hammered out, the state Liquor Control Board announced plans to roll out specific procedures and criteria by Dec. 1, according to the resolution to adopt the moratorium.

A six-month moratorium would allow the county to keep new marijuana companies on hold until county staff are able to review state guidelines and draft regulations.

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