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Third judge agrees on local authority to regulate marijuana


A third superior court judge has agreed with an opinion issued by the Attorney General’s Office last year, concluding that nothing in Initiative 502 overrides local governments’ authority to regulate or ban marijuana businesses.

The ruling came from Benton County Superior Court Judge Vic VanderSchoor in the case of Americanna Weed, LLC v. City of Kennewick. The plaintiffs in the case sought to open a marijuana business in Kennewick despite the city’s ban on such businesses. A formal opinion released by the AGO in January 2014 concluded that, as drafted, I-502 does not prevent cities and counties from banning marijuana businesses.

Judge VanderSchoor is now the third judge to agree...

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