- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 20, 2017

PROSSER, Wash. (AP) - Benton County commissioners have voted to ban new legal pot stores from entering the market in unincorporated parts of the county, although current legal retailers will be grandfathered in - allowing them to continue operating as normal.

The Tri-City Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2fiqvmb ) the commissioners agreed to ban future stores on Tuesday after about 30 residents testified at a public hearing. One speaker supported legal marijuana, while the rest favored the ban and continued to press the county.

Much of the dismay centers on a potential marijuana retail shop in West Richland. The county and West Richland officials protested the shop, mainly on grounds that it’s less than 1,000 feet (305 meters) from a preschool.

The county’s ban won’t impact the store, but opponents are continuing the fight.

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Information from: Tri-City Herald, https://www.tri-cityherald.com


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