March 19, 2018

Washington Court of Appeals Upholds Marijuana Ban As Valid Exercise of County’s Zoning Authority

By: Jessica Skelton and Athan Papailiou

The Washington Court of Appeals, Division II recently upheld a county ordinance banning the sale of recreational marijuana in a county’s unincorporated areas. The court’s decision signals that local jurisdictions retain significant zoning authority over recreational marijuana uses, an issue that previously had been addressed only by the Washington Attorney General. See 2014 Op. Att’y Gen. No. 2.

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