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By Lou Marzeles

Marijuana store opens, defies city

Mayor denies attempts to push the store through behind city council and public



OPEN ANYWAY: Golden Dispensaries opened Saturday despite a city moratorium. The owner considers his state license to trump the city.

Golden Dispensaries retail marijuana store in Goldendale, granted a final approval license from the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) on Oct. 17, opened its doors for business Saturday, without a city business license and in defiance of the city's moratorium on marijuana retail stores.

The moratorium has no effective means of enforcement. Goldendale City Administrator Larry Bellamy says the city is still reviewing its options in regard to the store operating without a city business permit.

The city council met in executive session Monday night, ostensibly to weigh options in the face of anticipated litigation. The only word Tuesday on the outcome of that meeting was that no de...

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