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Franklin County Bans Collective Gardens for Growing Medical Marijuana

Franklin County bans medical marijuana gardens
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Largely because of confusion over various sets of laws, the Franklin County Commissioners scaled back the agenda at the Wednesday meeting.

One ruling that did come from the session though, was the banning of collective marijuana gardens for medical use.

Washington state law allows the construction and operation of a garden to grow and process marijuana by up to ten individuals who legally possess medical marijuana cards. Washington law also, allows counties and cities to decide for themselves if they want such gardens.

Franklin County chose yesterday to outlaw the gardens.

However, the commissioners did not take any action regarding recreational pot.

Officials were wary of passing any rules or laws that could result in lawsuits against the county for violating new laws. Some officials said because recreational pot is going to be regulated by the state, they want to wait and see what happens.

According to the Washington State Liquor Control Board, five marijuana stores have been allotted to Franklin County.


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