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Man Let Go After Trying to Sell Marijuana to Teens in Kennewick

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A man approached three teen girls in the parking lot outside their Kennewick beauty school Thursday and offered to sell them marijuana. When they called the police, officers let the man go. A man approached three teen girls in the parking lot outside their Kennewick beauty school Thursday and offered to sell them marijuana. When they called the police, officers let the man go.
KENNEWICK, WA - A man approached three teen girls in the parking lot outside their Kennewick beauty school Thursday and offered to sell them marijuana. When they called the police, officers let the man go.

"He said hey and then he slung his bag forward a little bit and said do you want to buy some bud. I said no," said Allyson Hoffman, one of the three teens approached by the man. 


Hoffman knows to just say no to drugs, like she did Thursday when a man approached her and two of her friends in the parking lot outside their beauty school.

But officers can't say no to people with marijuana like they used to, ever since Washington voters approved recreational marijuana. It's legal to have less than an ounce and the alleged seller did.

"Before the law was passed, that was an easy arrest. We contact somebody, they've got marijuana in their possession, it's against the law and we arrest them. That was easy. Now things have changed," said Sgt. Ken Lattin, Kennewick Police Department.

Police couldn't prove on scene the man was selling and the amount of pot he had was legal. So they took a report to investigate and let him go.
"I am frustrated and everybody in my class is frustrated because they feel like it's not okay. It's not right in order for that to happen and they get a slap on the wrist for it," Hoffman said.

Police say they understand these frustrations, but the people voted and now officers and citizens have to deal with the drug differently.
"People are going to have marijuana in their pocket now. They're going to walk around our community. And they may offer it to somebody else. So we will hold people accountable when we can," Lattin said.

Police are gathering their report to give the prosecutor to decide if the man will face any charges.