Ferndale extends moratorium on applications to grow, sell recreational marijuana

The city’s moratorium on new applications for marijuana growers, processors and retailers has been extended another six months.

City Council voted 6-1, with Cathy Watson opposed, to extend the moratorium at its meeting Tuesday, Sept. 2.

The council first approved an emergency moratorium in March to block new applications for marijuana businesses, and city staff recommended council extend the moratorium another six months.

City officials are concerned that people who had applied to open marijuana businesses in areas with bans or moratoriums could relocate to other cities without those restrictions.

The moratorium would not affect businesses that completed their applications before the state's Dec. 20, 2013, deadline.