Without a public notice, hearing or debate, the Metropolitan King County Council imposed a four-month moratorium on legal pot businesses in unincorporated areas.
In an 8-1 vote Monday, council members said the moratorium on growers and processors was spurred by a community meeting earlier this month in Ravensdale at which roughly 100 people registered opposition to pot businesses.
The council decided to extend the moratorium to retailers as well after hearing that shops were clustering in parts of Skyway and White Center.
Councilmember Reagan Dunn, who represents rural areas, sponsored the emergency proposal. He said the lack of public input was necessary. Had the council not moved in stealthy fashion, Dunn said, pot entrepreneurs would have flooded the county with applications in advance of a moratorium.