News

Pot shop hopeful sues city over ban

Pot shop hopeful sues city over ban

Photo: clipart.com

AP News

WENATCHEE, Wash. –¬†Whether cities in Washington state can ban marijuana businesses is the subject of new lawsuit.

SMP Retail is a company that hopes to open a state licensed pot shop in Wenatchee under Initiative 502.

But that city is one of a several cities in the state that say they won’t allow such businesses.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson says he believes cities do have the authority to issue such bans.

But SMP’s lawyer, Hilary Bricken, disagrees.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Chelan County Superior Court, Bricken argues that cities don’t have the authority to overrule state law and state law allows for the licensed and taxed production and sale of marijuana.

The lawsuit seeks an order from the court finding that Wenatchee’s ban is invalid or allowing SMP Retail to open without a city business license.

Recent Headlines

24 mins ago in Local

Inslee blasts Senate Republicans for Cabinet ouster

Fresh
govinslee

In a press conference today, Inslee said the Senate vote on Friday was "an election-year stunt."

28 mins ago in Local

Union to pay $32,000 for campaign finance reporting errors

Fresh
handing money

The State Attorney General's Office said in a news release today that Service Employees International Union 925 will pay the fine over improper reporting of in-kind and cash campaign contributions.

2 hours ago in Local

Restaurant owner charged with hiding sales, avoiding taxes

Fresh
taxes

Auditors noticed lower-than-normal cash sales during a routine examination of the company's tax returns from 2010 to 2013.

2 hours ago in Local

Man charged with murder, arson in parents’ attack

generic police suspect or criminal in handcuffs

His mother, 58-year-old Vicki Konicke, a breeder of Golden Retrievers, died in the attack.

2 hours ago in Local

UW police looking for man who has groped numerous women

huskies university of washington uw pac 12 college logo

Police believe the man inappropriately touch women at least three times at the building since Jan. 31.