The plaintiff challenging the city of Fife’s ban on marijuana businesses plans to appeal a Pierce County Superior judge’s ruling on the case.
Pierce County judge Ronald E. Culpepper last month upheld the city’s ban on marijuana businesses, saying the state law legalizing pot did not mandate cities to allow them.
Mark Nelson, who represents MMH, the company hoping to open a retail marijuana store in Fife, said his client will appeal later this week. Nelson will petition the Supreme Court to review the case and allow it to skip the Court of Appeals.
State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, whose office intervened in the case, said last month that he expects the state Supreme Court would take up the case, possibly early next year. Nelson said he hopes the court will act with urgency.
“We are hoping the Supreme Court will accept a petition for direct review and hear this in expedited fashion, but that is entirely up to them,” said Nelson. “All we can do is get them our request and hope that they’ll share our opinion it’s important to resolve quickly.”