LYNDEN - For the third time, the City Council has approved a temporary ban on recreational marijuana businesses in Lynden.
The council voted 6-0 at its meeting Monday, Aug. 18, to once again extend its six-month moratorium on marijuana growers, processors and retailers.
Lynden City Councilman Brent Lenssen was absent.
The first moratorium was enacted September 2013.
On Feb. 18, the council voted to extend the city's moratorium by another six months upon the first temporary ban's end in March.
City leaders have said they enacted the bans because they want to see how regulations and legal challenges work out as the state moves toward enacting the new recreational pot industry approved by Washington voters.
"We still have no clarity on where the lawsuits in the state are headed," Lynden Mayor Scott Korthuis said Tuesday, Aug. 19, referring to lawsuits filed by would-be pot business owners against Wenatchee and Fife for prohibiting such ventures.
"We want to see how that's resolved before we create our own ordinance so we can comply with whatever the rules and regulations shake out to be," Korthuis said.
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