West Richland council continues moratorium

Medical marijuana won't be growing in collective gardens in West Richland for at least another four months.

The West Richland City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to retain the six-month moratorium on collective gardens that was adopted Aug. 2. Mayor Donna Noski and Councilman Brent Gerry were absent.

The moratorium will give the council time to study regulations for the gardens and to give the city time to confer with the Pasco, Kennewick and Richland city councils so there can be uniform enforcement in all four cities, said Bronson Brown, city attorney.

Also Tuesday:

-- The council honored the West Richland Cub Scout Pack 252 for organizing the memorial of nearly 3,000 flags along Bombing Range Road in honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11.

Mayor Pro Tem Rich Buel called the Scouts "some of the best patriotic young men in West Richland" and asked them to come forward so the council and city staff could shake their hands. Pack 252 Packmaster Russ Warren then handed a flag to each council member and staff.

-- In a 4-2 vote, the council also approved a sewer line easement agreement with Columbia Irrigation District to extend city services to Austin Drive. The project will cost $200,000 and is already in the city's budget for this year.