Unincorporated Pierce County voters to decide on marijuana measure

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Voters in unincorporated Pierce County will be asked to decide whether the sale, processing and production of recreational marijuana should be allowed.

The News Tribune reports that the Pierce County Council voted 4-3 Tuesday to put a measure on the April 26 ballot asking that question.

Voters in Pierce County cities and towns will not vote.

The question comes more than three years after Washington voters approved Initiative 502 legalizing recreational cannabis.

If a majority of ballots say yes, the county will lift its de facto ban on recreational marijuana.

That's because the council, in another 4-3 vote Tuesday, agreed to detach its marijuana rules from federal law that includes pot on the list of banned, controlled substances.