Kennewick joins Pasco in permanently banning pot

Kennewick joins Pasco in permanently banning pot »Play Video
TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- Pot won't be grown, processed, or sold legally in Kennewick and Pasco. So it's up to Richland to make a decision on whether pot sales will be legal anywhere in the Tri-Cities. Richland's City Attorney expects it will be a close decision when the issue is voted on in a couple weeks. KEPR talked to a local grower who now has even fewer options for selling his crop.

When recreational marijuana became legal in Washington, Jim Crume knew he wanted to be a part of the industry. He has a grower's license approved by the state.

"It's been kind of a hectic ride, the whole thing," said Crume.

Jim is almost ready to start making money off his Benton County land.
But a decision by Kennewick leaders means there are fewer places he can sell to.

"The ripple effect there is that I have to take my stuff further to have it processed, and then also the fact that nobody around here is gonna enjoy what we have available and that's the bad part about it," he said.

Kennewick made a temporary ban permanent when it put a stop to all growing, processing and sales. Pasco did the same thing a few weeks ago. Just Richland is left to make a decision whether or not to turn its temporary ban, into a permanent one.

"I can't say which way the council will go but I can say that if they decide that they were going to allow for the use, then the city would take every effort to zone it in the right location to minimize impacts," said Richland City Attorney heather Kintzley.

Richland City Attorney Heather Kintzley says typically the three cities work in conjunction with each other to make a unified decision.
But this situation is different.

"Regionally, we do tend to work collectively, but on this particular issue, each city has really taken its own position," said Kintzley.

Prosser has the only pot shop in our area. But since it opened, the city put a stop to others doing the same. A vote in two weeks will decide if that store remains the only one in and around the Tri-Cities.

Other cities across the state that have permanently banned marijuana are now dealing with lawsuits against them. Richland is not worried about this right now because everyone who applied for licenses to sell in their jurisdiction has been denied.