Is it racial discrimination for cities to ban I-502 retail stores?

A new lawsuit filed in Benton County Superior Court argues Kennewick’s ban on legal marijuana is racially discriminatory. The suit, filed on behalf of a would-be marijuana company, suggests that Kennewick’s ban (as well as similar prohibitions in all three Tri-Cities and Franklin County) push the underground marijuana trade to poorer neighborhoods. Since marijuana is a cash cow for gangs, they’ll continue to battle for turf.

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