The Columbian / Associated Press

Pot businesses poised to form growers association

Yakima — As Yakima County officials plan to enforce a ban on all pot businesses in unincorporated areas of the county, marijuana processors and producers are unifying in an effort to stay in operation.

Last weekend, 23 processor and producers gathered to discuss forming a growers association and begin talks with Yakima County Commissioners in hopes of convincing them to lift the ban.

Jamie Muffett, co-owner and operator of Sticky Budz, a marijuana producer and processor outside Zillah, opened his business doors to the Yakima Herald-Republic to show how he’s operating in compliance with state regulations. He believes commissioners would have a change of heart if they understood the safety and security regulations governing the industry.

Meanwhile, commissioners say they intend to stick by the ban because a majority of county voters rejected the initiative that legalized recreational marijuana.

On Sunday, see the full story in the Yakima Herald-Republic and online and get a glimpse inside Muffett’s business.