Growing Number of Localities Oppose Legal Marijuana

While momentum to legalize marijuana at the state level is growing, a number of towns and counties are moving to ban legal sales of the drug, The New York Times reports.

In Colorado and Washington state, where recreational marijuana is now legal for adults 21 and older, localities’ decision to ban marijuana sales could sharply reduce tax revenues, the newspaper notes. Supporters of legalization have promised marijuana sales could bring in hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues.

If many towns and counties ban marijuana sales, legal marijuana could end up being sold in a patchwork system, with most sales occurring in urban areas.

“In some ways I think the best thing that could have happened to the anti-legalization movement was legalization, because I think it shows people the ugly side,” said Kevin A. Sabet, a former drug policy adviser to President Obama and the Executive Director and co-founder of the anti-legalization group Smart Approaches to Marijuana. The group supports removing criminal penalties for using marijuana.

Yakima County, Washington plans to outlaw marijuana businesses in unincorporated areas outside Yakima city. Clark County, Washington is considering banning recreational sales, while Pierce County, just south of Seattle, has said it will ban recreational marijuana businesses from opening. In Colorado, dozens of local governments have banned marijuana commerce, including Colorado Springs, the state’s second-largest city.

In California, where medical marijuana is legal, a state appeals court ruled last year that local governments could ban the growing of medical marijuana. Fresno County became the first county in the state to do so. In Oregon, legislators are considering a measure that would permit municipalities to restrict or ban medical marijuana.

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    April 7, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    This is my story that will make you think. In Washington state you can join a medical collective…call in over the phone and get a collectives designated doctor to “qualify” you then you can buy your pot from the collective gardens. In Washington state medical collectives are NOT regulated. They do not need to go through the liquor control board to license and our wonderful governor Jay Inslee vetoed the one part of the bill that would regulate the Department of Health to regulate medical “cannabis”, therefore DOH only regulates doctor that get complaints but other than that there is no patient registry or any monitoring of who’s growing what and what is actually in the product…this system is basically the equivalent of moonshine. Beyond that THIS IS MY PROBLEM. My ex who is a doctor is growing for a collective which of course is NON REPORTABLE income. In our county you don’t even need a business license, so there is no information even where these places are located just a website and a phone number. Therefore my four children can not collect any child support since he “not working”. When I look up the collectives phone numbers some are run by known and some convicted drug dealers (more than just “cannabis” think more along the lines of meth) gansters and thieves. Our state has legalized non reportable income and deregulated controlled prescribed drugs…Jay Inslee is an idiot and gee it will cost the taxpayers money because all these non reportable income people will also be on food stamps and free healthcare(my ex is since he “can’t find a job”). There are MANY collectives in WA state because guess what its more profitable than “legal cannabis” especially if you want to skirt obligations and hide from financial judgements.

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    February 8, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    In an age where people are supposed to be accepting of others… this is total BS!

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    Dave Finch

    January 30, 2014 at 2:04 PM

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