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US: Seattle asks Leg. to pass medical pot bill, let cities decide where shops go
    #537087 - 03/15/11 09:33 AM (5 years, 8 months ago)

Chris Grygiel

Seattle PI

Monday 14 Mar 2011
Cities should be able to decide for themselves how and where medical marijuana shops operate within their boundaries, Seattle's mayor, City Council and City Attorney say in a letter to state lawmakers in which they urge the Legislature to pass a medical cannabis bill now being considered.

Senate Bill 5073 is being heard by the House Health Care committee Monday afternoon. The legislation establishes a regulatory system for the medical marijuana business and seeks to establish criminal liability protection for patients, doctors and providers. Washington is one of 15 states where pot use for medical purposes is legal; Voters here overwhelmingly approved an initiative in 1998.

"It is in everyone's interest - the state's, local governments', law enforcement's, health care professionals', and patients' - to put in place a consistent, coherent, and rational regulatory system spelling out precisely how dispensaries and production facilities can operate," the letter (PDF) released Monday morning from Mayor Mike McGinn, City Attorney Pete Holmes and Council President Richard Conlin said. The letter was signed by the eight other City Council members. "We urge you to pass SB 5073. We also urge adoption of a limited number of amendments."

Seattle officials want the measure changed to allow for both profit and non profit dispensaries. The measure currently would only allow non profit shops. And City officials want specific language detailing that "cities, towns, and counties" could adopt zoning, licensing, health and tax" rules for medical marijuana. Municipalities would also be able to prohibit medical marijuana businesses under the language suggested by Seattle.

Some in the medical marijuana community have problems with the bill that passed out of the Senate, complaining that it decreases the number of pot plants that could be collectively grown below the current limit, would ban medical marijuana advertising and doesn't do enough to protect users.

Chris Grygiel can be reached at 206-448-8363 or chrisgrygiel@seattlepi.com.

Follow Chris on Twitter at twitter.com/seattlepolitics.

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/437082_marijuana14.html?source=mypi


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Re: US: Seattle asks Leg. to pass medical pot bill, let cities decide where shops go [Re: Shaggy420]
    #537106 - 03/15/11 11:53 AM (5 years, 8 months ago)

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It's only a matter of time


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Re: US: Seattle asks Leg. to pass medical pot bill, let cities decide where shops go [Re: DungenessDank]
    #537133 - 03/15/11 12:59 PM (5 years, 8 months ago)

We just passed this same law basically last summer and it turned out to be a clusterfuck. Places like Boulder who are cannabis friendly have 10,000 dispensaries, and some places just outlawed them completely. Now sick people sometimes have to drive 20 miles to the next town to get their medicine because their city councilmen are scared of plants.


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Re: US: Seattle asks Leg. to pass medical pot bill, let cities decide where shops go [Re: Harry_Ba11sach]
    #537137 - 03/15/11 01:28 PM (5 years, 8 months ago)

Right now that is how it is all over but Seattle, the medical market is growing out of the old black market, so it really can't hurt much, all this would do here is create some legitimate jobs.

I can see how it might marginalize the very ill, but I'd hope any relaxation of the cannabis laws would ultimately benefit them through access to better quality medicine.


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