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Kennewick Planning Commission Holds Public Hearing about Pot Shop Ban

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KENNEWICK, WA - The Kennewick City Council Tuesday night voted to permanently ban the growing, processing and retail sale of marijuana within city limits. 

A temporary ban is in place now, but that will expire in October. 

Kennewick Mayor Steve Young cited the lack of state tax revenue for the city as the main reason he voted for the ban. 

A lawyer representing the owner of Americanna Weed LLC, who planned to open a retail pot shop in Kennewick, says they plan to file a lawsuit against the city on Wednesday. 

So far the City of Pasco has permanently banned pot businesses within city limits, Richland and West Richland also are deciding on permanent bans.

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People in Kennewick can voice their opinions Monday night about whether the city should ban marijuana businesses. The Kennewick City Council is still deciding whether to allow businesses to sell, grow or process recreational or medical marijuana within city limits. 

The Kennewick Planning Commission is holding a public hearing on the matter Monday night, it starts at 7:00 at Kennewick City Hall. 

The City Council says it could vote on the issue as early as September.