A Parkland recreational marijuana store that's flouting the county's pot ban was served with a notice of violation on Wednesday.
Owners of The Gallery received their state license last week and
officially began selling marijuana on Sunday, despite a countywide ban
on recreational marijuana sales.
"Our intention is not to pick a fight with the county or poke anyone in
the eye," Gallery co-owner Tedd Wetherbee said on Sunday. "We don't
want to do that -- we just want to say, 'Let us do business, let us pay
taxes to the state and let us do what we've been licensed to do by the
The county responded Wednesday by serving the shop a notice of violation
for operating without a required permit. County officials say the
business is in violation of county code by "operating without a tenant
occupancy permit." The business owners have two weeks to appeal the notice, according to the county.
On Sunday, Wetherbee said the business is here to stay and pointed to a
dozen nearby medical marijuana dispensaries that are operating
"We're licensed by the state to do business. We're doing absolutely nothing illegal," he said last week.
Washington's Initiative 502 legalized marijuana in 2014, but Pierce
County created an ordinance that says recreational pot shops won't be
allowed until marijuana is "removed from the schedule of controlled
substances by the federal government."
The Gallery could be fined up to $1,000 a day for operating without the proper permits, according to the county.
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