|By Dameon Pesanti, The Chronicle, Centralia, Wash.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
All three of the speakers who appealed to the council during the public comment session were associated with a marijuana business. All three said the
City officials were unmoved.
The council voted 4-3 Tuesday to extend the moratorium an additional six months after the public hearing. Councilors
"I cannot imagine being threatened on every decision we make with somebody that's threatening to sue and I'm not going to govern that way," said Mayor
"As a councilor, my community doesn't want it and I'm responding to my community," said Elmore. "We get no financial benefit, other than a utility tax (on wouldbe producers' energy useage)."
Potential marijuana processor
"The two are regulated differently and separately under state law," Kois said.
"We have our theories, they have theirs," she said. "Those questions won't be answered until we're in a court of law."
Speaking on behalf of RIU420, a potential marijuana retail shop in
"I ask you, please don't put us in a corner and drag us into legal action with this city ... We fought very hard to locate and comply, and I promise you we won't go away," he said.
City Attorney Murphy-Olson said she cannot comment much on the actions the city is taking around the possible lawsuits, whether or not it will take the case to court, or what kind of case it would make to defend its position.
The city of
However, she said
"Cities are hearing (threats) around the state, it isn't an isolated incident," she said.
"This is the end of prohibition. The whole world is watching, the war on drugs has been utter failure," he said. "(
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