Allow legal cannabis in Richland, Washington.

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Washington State’s Initiative 502 defined and legalized small amounts of marijuana-related products for adults 21 and over.  The passage of initiative 5052 gave medical cannabis users the right to purchase their medical cannabis at legally licensed recreational cannabis retail stores.

To date, the federal government has made no move to intervene in the legal cannabis businesses of Washington State.

According to a report by the University of Georgia in the 2017, Vol. 36, No. 5, Journal of Health Affairs, in 2013, Medicare noted a savings of $165.2 million in prescription costs in states where cannabis was legal.  It is being proven that cannabis is an acceptable alternative medication for anxiety, depression, glaucoma, nausea, pain, psychosis, seizures, sleep disorders and spasticity.

There have been concerns regarding control and access of cannabis since
its legalization. However, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) has strict regulations for the production, processing and retail sale of cannabis. No one under 21 years of age can be on the premises of any legal cannabis operation.  The amount an individual can purchase at any given time is limited.  Security cameras are required to cover every square inch inside any cannabis operation as well as the surrounding perimeter. Consumption is not allowed on any premises, inside or out.

Washington State has legalized and the WSLCB has made every effort to assure the safety, health, and welfare of its citizens regarding cannabis operations. The citizens of Richland have the right to purchase cannabis legally and locally.  

This petition is reserved for residents of Richland, Kennewick, Pasco, and West Richland over 18 years of age.