County Commissioners approve $200K to shut down marijuana businesses
YAKIMA, Wash.-- January's right around the corner, and right about the time when marijuana businesses in unincorporated Yakima County expect things to get ugly. County commissioners plan to shut them down.
“According to code enforcement, we will get notification of the fact that we are in violation of the code, at which point we will appeal that decision, and then it becomes a very long, drawn-out appeal process that will end up in the state courts,” said Jeffrey McPhee, Chief Operating Officer of Sticky Budz.
KIMA reached out to code enforcement to ask them how they plan to go about shutting these businesses down, and they say they don't quite have a plan yet.
But, McPhee says they'll take initiative.
“We'll more than likely file suit against the county prior to any action that they'll take against our companies, for the sake of the fact that we feel as though we are being deprived of our due process, among other legal issues that are starting to pop up, according to our legal counsel, so we'll definitely be proactive,” said McPhee.
He says they're confident in their case and they'll fight for what they say is their right to stay open, and for their employees to keep their jobs.
“A lot of families will suffer from this process if it does eventually come to the county shutting down cannabis businesses. There are more than two hundred plus jobs for producer/processors in unincorporated Yakima County that would be lost. And these are good paying jobs, with people who have families and children and we'd hate to see that happen,” said McPhee.
But as of November, 60 percent of voters say they want these businesses out.