West Richland residents hold petition signing against new cannabis shop

West Richland residents hold petition signing against new cannabis shop

West Richland residents continued their protest against a local cannabis shop under construction Saturday.

Protesters held a petition signing opportunity on Mountain Meadow Road early Saturday morning for members of the community who also want to stand against a new cannabis shop coming soon to Arena Road in West Richland.

Residents became distraught Wednesday June 21, 2017 when they first learned about the new shop from local neighbors.

Even though the city of West Richland does not allow marijuana retail sales, production or processing, the Nirvana Cannabis Company is setting up its new cannabis shop in a West Richland neighborhood.

The neighborhood shop is technically on Benton County Land, and according to county officials retail marijuana establishments are allowed within certain zoning districts.

The new shop is down the street from a church and is also 150 feet from a preschool.

However, Benton County is not required to notify the city of West Richland when this type of use is applied for or intends to operate.

Benton County says it gave West Richland a courtesy phone call about the project when the WA State Liquor and Cannabis Board started its process and that the board is in charge, not the county.

Outraged community members felt they were not properly notified about the new shop, and say they will continue their fight against the shop in hopes that the operation is shut down.