Medical marijuana laws: It’s all a bit hazy

SELAH — Despite a ban on recreational marijuana operations in unincorporated Yakima County, Mark Henning sells neatly packaged marijuana buds, marijuana-infused cookies, candy and even coffee at The Canyon, a small store just outside Selah.

For years, the county largely ignored him and others operating low-key medical marijuana dispensaries, which sold only to those with prescriptions from doctors.

But all that changed July 1, when a new law took effect that reclassified dispensaries as recreational retailers providing they, like Henning, had obtained a state license.

The state’s action puts Henning and others in direct conflict with the county’s ban, and has county authorities reassessing their position on marijuana altogether.

The regulatory waters are muddied, said Commissioner Mike Leita.

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