Elma sets public hearing for medical marijuana moratorium

The Elma City Council is looking for public input on a possible moratorium on medical marijuana in the city. At the Oct. 15 council meeting, the council will hold a public hearing on the issue.

“The council’s goal is that we abide by federal law and state law both,” Mayor Dave Osgood said. The idea came from several other cities enacting similar moratoriums. Hoquiam passed its moratorium last year and has renewed it twice.

Elma’s moratorium would expire in six months unless renewed. Osgood said the council’s main concern is the disconnect between state and federal marijuana laws and the potential issues for the city, not any specific issues with medical marijuana in the city.

“If the law meshes correctly and it’s legal, I don’t think that’s an issue, but we want to make sure we’re operating inside the law,” he added. “I think after November we’ll have an idea of what’s going on.”

The Elma City Council meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month at City Hall, 202 W. Main St.