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Council bans pot shops

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By Brendan Clogston

The state may have legalized the sale of recreational marijuana by ballot initiative last year, but you won’t be buying it in Everett anytime soon.

The city council unanimously passed an ordinance Monday night banning the establishment of marijuana shops within its borders.

Such a move was possible because of a provision in the state law created in the wake of the ballot initiative, allowing communities which voted against the ballot item, Question 4, last November to create such bans. Everett voters narrowly rejected Question 4 by a little over 300 votes las year, 6,853 to 6,539.

The ordinance will not apply to medical marijuana facilities, which state law does not allow communities to ban.

Recreational marijuana sales will begin in July 2018.

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