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Richland City Council Discusses Changes in the Law for Regulating Marijuana

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RICHLAND, WA - The attorney for the City of Richland updated the city council Tuesday night on some new changes to the laws regulating marijuana.

The biggest changes are for medical marijuana. Right now medical pot users are allowed to grow plants on their own, although those plants are not allowed to be seen or smelled by neighbors.

The City of Richland has banned recreational marijuana businesses, but that doesn't affect medical marijuana users, except for limiting where they can buy recreational pot.

The entire reason they had this update, is because recently, people from Richland had complained to the city about it's ban of marijuana.

"I think Richland is progressive and open minded. So we want to stay abreast of the law and do the best thing for the citizens. And we take community feedback very seriously," says Sandra Kent, Richland City Council.

The Richland City Attorney also told the council that cities with bans are standing on strong legal footing.

Washington's legislature didn't remove local jurisdiction over marijuana and the state supreme court has previously ruled in favor of marijuana bans in cities. 

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