Updating Spokane city code for legal marijuana law

SPOKANE, Wash. - For several months now marijuana has been legal in Washington and on Monday night Spokane City Council changed its city code to reflect this new law.

"What we are trying to do here is enact the will of the people," Councilman Jon Snyder said.

It was a vote that didn't create any debate among city council members. As Councilman Snyder says, they aren't taking any bold action but simply just syncing up with state law.

Updating Spokane city code for legal marijuana law

Even though voters legalized pot last November, the city says it's not a free for all. There are still restrictions, much like open container laws.

The city will also begin working on zoning laws to decide where those pot shops can be placed. These shops have to be 1,000 feet away from schools, recreation and transit centers, and libraries so rule out most of downtown Spokane.

On Tuesday afternoon the Spokane City Council will meet with the Liquor Control Board and begin paving out a pot plan for Spokane.

The Liquor Control Board is also holding a public forum on marijuana on Tuesday night at the Convention Center at 6 p.m.