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The City of Kennewick Votes to Ban Retail Marijuana Businesses

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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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The City of Kennewick plans to hold a public meeting Tuesday night to discuss banning businesses that grow, process and sell marijuana. The Kennewick Planning Commission unanimously decided to recommend a ban to the city council back in August.

Members of the community have spoken out on both sides of the issue. Some are saying the county voted against legalization. Others are saying a ban would only support the black market.

The Kennewick City Council is now considering the commission's recommendation. The council may hold another public meeting before taking a vote.

The public meeting starts at 6:30 at Kennewick City Hall.