Lynden City Council to vote on permanent marijuana ban

LYNDEN, Wash. (AP) — A Washington city that has placed a temporary moratorium on pot businesses will soon vote on whether to make the ban permanent.

The Bellingham Herald reports that the Lynden City Council is expected to vote in March on a proposed ban on growing, processing and selling marijuana for recreational and medical use.

Lyden leaders approved a temporary ban on such activities in September 2013 and have since extended it.

Mayor Scott Korthuis says about 69 percent of the city's residents opposed the law that legalized recreational pot in Washington.

The state Attorney General's Offices has issued an opinion that says nothing in that law prevents local governments from banning or otherwise regulating marijuana businesses.