Voters in unincorporated Pierce County were saying no to pot businesses Tuesday, setting the stage for the Pierce County Council to consider reinstating a ban on such businesses that is due expire July 1.
Council action to restore the ban could prompt a showdown with Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy, who has shown opposition to banning legal marijuana.
The results of Tuesday’s vote are non-binding. That means the County Council could let stand its decision to lift its “de facto” ban – which doesn’t explicitly outlaw marijuana businesses but requires them to comply with federal law that prohibits marijuana sales. Or the council could reverse itself and cancel the ban’s expiration.
County Councilwoman Joyce McDonald was hesitant to claim victory after initial returns Tuesday, but said if results continue to go in the same direction she will propose reinstating the ban.