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Lynden permanently says no to marijuana businesses in the city

Lynden leaders voted March 21, 2016, to permanently ban growing, processing or selling marijuana in city limits.
Lynden leaders voted March 21, 2016, to permanently ban growing, processing or selling marijuana in city limits. AP

After years of temporary moratoriums, the city has finally banned growing, processing and selling marijuana for recreational and medical use.

The City Council unanimously approved the permanent ban March 21.

The decision isn’t a surprise because Lynden leaders have OK’d and then extended a temporary moratorium on pot businesses since Sept. 16, 2013.

City leaders have said the ban was in keeping with residents’ views, who overwhelmingly opposed Initiative 502, which legalized recreational pot in Washington state.

The city became the second municipality in Whatcom County to ban pot businesses. Everson did so in September.

Kie Relyea

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