Plateau precincts supported marijuana

Citizens in 10 of Enumclaw’s 13 voting precincts supported the legalization for marijuana during the November 2012 election, doing their part to pass statewide Initiative 502.

That news might be 16 months old, but remains relevant because members of the City Council asked for the breakdown during a March meeting – a session that included a public hearing on the possibility of retail weed operations within the city limits.

Evergreen State voters favored the legalization of marijuana for private use by adults, but Washington’s attorney general has determined that individual cities and towns can make their own rules when it comes to allowing retail sales. Enumclaw has declared a sweeping six-month moratorium that prohibits the growing, processing or sale or marijuana but the council will eventually have to take a binding position.

On March 10, the council hosted a public hearing regarding marijuana sales. Thirteen speakers stepped forward to offer opinions, with the first 12 urging the council to disallow sales in town. The 13th speaker didn’t take sides, only requesting that the council rely on facts, not emotions, when rendering a verdict.

The landslide views offered in March do not reflect how the majority of Enumclaw voters feel about the legal sale of marijuana, according to a precinct-by-precinct breakdown of the Initiative 502 outcome.

The council last week was shown that the majority of Enumclaw’s 5,242 voters supported I-502. The final tally was 2,721 to 2,521, with 52 percent casting “yes” votes. Statewide, the initiative received 56 percent support.

The three Enumclaw precincts opposing I-502 were on the city’s western boundary. Precincts 0416 and 3492 sit immediately east of 244th Avenue Southeast, while Precinct 3248 is on the west side of 244th.

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