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Fifth county pot ban in state upheld by court

Attorney General applauds move, decries actions by other states


For the fifth time, a superior court judge Monday agreed with an opinion issued by the Attorney General’s Office earlier this year, concluding that nothing in Initiative 502 overrides local governments’ authority to regulate or ban marijuana businesses. This allows I-502 to continue to be implemented. Every court to consider this issue has now agreed with the Attorney General’s opinion.

Monday’s ruling came from Pierce County Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper in the case of Green Collar LLC v. Pierce County. The plaintiffs in the case sought to open a marijuana business in Pierce County despite the county’s ban on such businesses. A formal opinion released by the AGO in Jan...

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