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UPDATED: City Of Kennewick Faces Lawsuit From Recent Marijuana Stores Ban

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Lawyers that represent possible pot store owners told NBC Right Now that just within the last couple of hours, the City of Kennewick received the paperwork for an injunction claiming their recent pot ban to be unconstitutional. Lawyers that represent possible pot store owners told NBC Right Now that just within the last couple of hours, the City of Kennewick received the paperwork for an injunction claiming their recent pot ban to be unconstitutional.

UPDATE/ NBCRightNow.com - The holder of the pot store license that's filing the lawsuit spoke with NBC Right Now Friday about why he feels the need to take legal action. He told us they weren't prepared for the cities to resist the marijuana businesses like they have.

The Seattle man is trying to open another business in Lewis County, which currently has a moratorium. He thinks many people who filed for licenses are in similar situations.

"It kind of leaves us feeling like we're hostages between the city and the state. Had the guidelines said in the beginning that the cities can vote separately and opt out of it, people wouldn't have applied in certain jurisdictions or counties or cities,"

Elizabeth Hallock, the attorney representing Americanna Weed claims the pot black market impacts minority populations in our region. They say illegal pot sales happen every day in Kennewick, but they'd like to give the people of our area a place where they can buy a product that has been tested and is safe.


PREVIOUS/KENNEWICK, WA - The City of Kennewick could be facing a lawsuit.


On Tuesday the city council approved a ban on all marijuana businesses. Lawyers that represent possible pot store owners told NBC Right Now that just within the last couple of hours, the City of Kennewick received the paperwork for an injunction claiming their recent pot ban to be unconstitutional.

Wednesday on Twitter Kennewick's proposed “Americanna Weed Company” stated, “Kennewick enacts ban. I guess it's our turn to sue. #I502 only for a few”

We spoke with their lawyer today who tells us to prevent highly populated areas of Washington State from having any access to the now legal drug is undermining the original intention of the law to make pot legal.

We reached out to the City of Kennewick and plan to meet with the city attorney to discuss how they'll move forward with this lawsuit. 
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