From Daily News Online:
Castle Rock on Monday was poised to become the first city in Cowlitz County to permit permanent group medical marijuana gardens, but it now will delay at least two weeks to resolve potential legal conflicts. The delay is yet another example of the difficulty cities face as they attempt to balance conflicting state and federal laws on this contentious issue.
“It’s really a moving target,” said City Attorney Frank Randolph Wednesday morning.
The state Legislature this year expanded medical marijuana rights, giving approved patients the OK to form collective medical marijuana gardens. Patients with a medical marijuana card already could grow individual gardens. State lawmakers also allowed cities to regulate where group gardens can be located and how they can operate.
The problem, city officials said, is that federal law still classifies the gardens illegal.