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Plan would punish cities with unofficial pot bans — like Lakewood — by taking their liquor money

Plan would punish cities with unofficial pot bans — like Lakewood — by taking their liquor money

JANUARY 18, 2017 | MELISSA SANTOS

A state lawmaker wants cities in Washington state to make a choice: Allow marijuana business, or ban them.

But don’t hang out in the gray area in-between, he says.

State Rep. David Sawyer, D-Parkland, wants to penalize local governments that haven’t enacted specific bans on marijuana businesses, but that still block state-licensed marijuana shops from opening because the drug remains illegal under federal law.

Sawyer’s proposal, House Bill 1099, would take away most of a city’s liquor revenues if the city doesn’t adopt a policy either banning pot businesses or allowing them to open.






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