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Seattle OKs pot grow zone

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle City Council committee has approved zoning for large indoor marijuana farms in some industrial areas of the city.

The Seattle Times reports the zoning approved Wednesday would allow growing operations the size of a football field to encourage economies of scale.

The city rules also would permit growing as many as 45 pot plants in homes so residents could grow their own, although that would conflict with state rules. Council member Nick Licata said the city is in a “bit of the Twilight Zone” because of uncertain regulations.

The state is still putting a recreational marijuana system in place; medical marijuana is largely unregulated and the federal government considers all marijuana illegal.

The full council is expected to take up the zoning issue June 3.

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