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Union Gap Asks for Public Opinion on Allowing Marijuana Businesses

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Many cities around Washington are deciding on whether to allow marijuana businesses. Many cities around Washington are deciding on whether to allow marijuana businesses.

YAKIMA, WA - Many cities around Washington are deciding on whether to allow marijuana businesses.

Union Gap is now moving forward with an ordinance that would let pot businesses open their doors but they want to hear from you first.

One day this sign might mean, open for marijuana sales. Mill Creek Natural Foods has applied for a retail marijuana licence. So did this location and here. Overall there are 6 retail license applications in Union Gap and some people are ok with that because of the tax revenue.

"I think they should pass the bill because it would help a lot of people," Mike Maltos said. "Especially the schools, the fire department, the police."

"I think it would be good for Union Gap," Eddie Lustre said.

Eddie owns a barber shop the next block from where a place called "The Slow Burn" may someday open up.

"Since Union Gap is just a little small town," Eddie said. "There's not really a lot of people here so it will bring in a lot more money into this town."

But other business owners aren't so sure.

"I'm on the fence," Carrie Greenough said.

Carrie owns the Cloverleaf which sits directly across the street from where "The Slow Burn" may open. Carrie says she is ok with medicinal marijuana use.

"The other side that bothers me is that some people have a tendency to get out of hand with substances," Carrie Greenough said.

Union Gap is moving forward on a draft ordinance to allow businesses like "The Slow Burn". The city could be the closest to Yakima that would allow the production and sale of marijuana.

With Union Gap's marijuana ordinance, how effective will Yakima's ban on marijuana businesses be when you can get your marijuana products down the street in Union Gap?

The planning commission is asking for your opinion on the issue Tuesday at 7 before marijuana businesses turn on their lights.

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