Petition to allow marijuana shops in Richland validated by city clerk

Petition to allow marijuana shops in Richland validated by city clerk
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A petition to legalize marijuana shops in Richland has been validated by the city clerk, officials announced at a city council meeting on Tuesday night.

The petition, which proposes an initiative to overturn a moratorium on marijuana shops within city limits, was started by Legalize Richland, a pro-cannabis activist group tied to the Benton County Libertarian Party.

If approved, it would allow certain cannabis retailers to open store locations at least 1000 feet from schools and playgrounds. The petition would also change the definition of allowable cannabis inside city limits of Richland to mirror the Washington state legal definition.

The initiative will be discussed by Richland City Council on Dec. 4.

If the initiative is not approved by the city council as written, it will need to be put on the Feb. 12 ballot – and the petition has received well over the 2,650 signatures needed to do so.

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