The Spokane Valley City Council unexpectedly passed a moratorium on marijuana businesses that don’t currently have licenses from the state, saying the industry has created a public health crisis.
The measure was not on the council agenda but took effect immediately after the unanimous vote.
Passage of the moratorium now means a public hearing will be held on Jan. 27, after which the council can keep or change it, the newspaper reported. The vote was allowed without public notice because the city declared a public health crisis.
The move is the latest attempt by Washington cities to crack down on marijuana businesses that aren’t licensed to operate in the state.