The measure calling for the registration of medical cannabis operations was approved by the Clarkston City Council Monday night on a 5-2 vote. It permits up to ten qualified medical marijuana patients to grow a maximum of 45 plants in Clarkston in a collective grow, as long as it is registered with the city and the feds sign off on it.
While medical marijuana is legal in Washington, federal law prohibits pot possession, making regulation difficult. Collective gardens are allowed in the state, but the ordinance also requires a stamp of approval from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, making it unlikely any collective pot gardens will spring up within city limits.
The ordinance is based on a similar regulation passed in Pullman.