- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

TOPPENISH, Wash. (AP) - A Yakima County city has approved a six-month delay for a decision on whether medical or recreational marijuana operations will be permitted.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports (http://bit.ly/1JW69oZ ) the Toppenish City Council approved the six-month moratorium to give officials time to draft an ordinance that will either regulate or ban the marijuana operations.

Interim City Manager Lance Hoyt says that although the city hasn’t received any applications for marijuana business licenses, the council still wants to make sure regulations are in place.

State lawmakers put an end to medical marijuana dispensaries earlier this year, leaving only recreational sellers endorsed by the state able to sell medical marijuana.

Some cities, including Yakima, have banned the retail operations of marijuana altogether, but Union Gap and Prosser still allow it.

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Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com

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