Richland delays pot decision by another 6 months

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- A Richland City Council member promised a decision on recreational pot by the year's end. Tuesday night the council had the option to pass another 6 month moratorium, which they did without any citizen objections. But that doesn't mean every council member was on board.

Councilman Robert Thompson said he doesn't see why Richland is waiting another six months to decide. In February the council was briefed by the city attorney that key legislative decisions on pot would be made before the end of the session. Unfortunately, the bills council was waiting on for answers never made it to the floor in time. It means, the city essentially waited for answers that weren't guaranteed and Thompson says he's not going to let it happen again.

“Governments are always trying to find reasons not to do what they are supposed to do,” said Thompson. “Ours is to make decisions on certain things. We have a law that passed in the state of Washington, I think we owe the citizens a decision on that law, how we are going to implement that law or not implement that law.”

Yakima and Wanatchee have recently placed city bans on recreational marijuana.