County Statement on West Richland Pot Shop
 
Posted on Friday January 04, 2019
 
The Nirvana Cannabis Company, located on Arena Road in West Richland, has not yet received final building approval and therefore cannot yet open their doors.
 
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Contact: Shyanne Faulconer
Community Programs & Public Relations Coordinator   
Shyanne.Faulconer@co.benton.wa.us 
509-222-3760

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 4, 2019

County Statement on West Richland Pot Shop

Kennewick, WA
– The Nirvana Cannabis Company, located on Arena Road in West Richland, has not yet received final building approval and therefore cannot yet open their doors.

As of Friday, January 04, 2019, Nirvana was nearing final approval from the Building Department, but has not completed a final inspection. The County does not anticipate that Nirvana’s doors will be opening in the immediate future, as there is additional work to be done on the parking lot and inside the building.

Throughout the last two years, the County has continued to urge the Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board (LCB) to reevaluate the license for the Nirvana Cannabis Company, as the County does not feel its location is appropriate for the retail sale of marijuana given its proximity to childcare services, bus stops, housing, and playgrounds.

However, the County and various residents have had little to no cooperation from the LCB and have been unable to sway the State’s decision to reissue or reconsider Nirvana’s license. The County’s request for a hearing with the LCB to discuss the issue fell on deaf ears and resulted in no hearing being held. 

The County understands the community’s frustration, and we assure you that we are continuing to do whatever we can to address the issue.

About Benton County
Benton County is located in south-central Washington. The county seat is located in Prosser, and its largest city is Kennewick. Benton County was created on March 8, 1905 and was named after U.S. Senator Thomas Hart Benton. Benton County operates under the plural executive form of government with three commissioners and seven other elected officials. Benton County has offices located in Prosser, Kennewick, and Richland. For more information, please visit our website. 
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