An exemption to city law that would have allowed marijuana businesses in Wenatchee was voted down by city council members on Thursday.
The Wenatchee City Council, in a 4-3 vote, will not exempt the manufacturing, processing and sale of marijuana from requiring a business license. The city’s current rules require all businesses to comply with local, state and federal laws in order to obtain a business license.
After the vote, East Wenatchee businessman Mark McCants, who wants to open a retail marijuana store in Wenatchee, said he plans to contact his Seattle attorney on Friday to discuss his next legal steps.
Three of the four council members who voted against the exemption said they did not feel comfortable allowing businesses to circumvent federal law, which still criminalizes the manufacture, process and sale of marijuana.
“Federal law is superior over the state,” Councilman Bryan Campbell said.
Councilman Keith Huffaker said, “It’sstill federal law. If we want it changed, we need to go to the federal government and get it changed.”