At the meeting on July 7, the West Richland City Council decided since the Washington State Legislature has revised I-502 and is now offering a few tax dollars to the cities, they want to “gather more information” so they can revisit their ban on marijuana-related businesses.
We just addressed this issue six months ago! The position of West Richland residents has not changed! Sixty-seven percent voted against I-502. Thirty-five of the 39 residents who spoke at the marijuana workshop (90 percent) were against ANY marijuana-related businesses in our town.
Yet council members Perkes, Hayden and Brown still voted against a ban. Marijuana businesses were banned in in West Richland BY ONLY 1 VOTE! How will they vote this time? It is obvious that the will of the residents is not a deciding factor in the decisions of some of our council members.
The council just doesn’t seem to understand that the citizens are overwhelmingly against locating businesses such as pot shops, or casinos, or strip clubs around our homes and families regardless of the state revenue being offered. Please listen to the residents you represent. Not the pot dealers!