The state Liquor Control Board will hold a public hearing Tuesday from 6 to 8 PM to discuss its recent revisions to rules governing recreational marijuana businesses. The meeting will take place at Seattle City Hall‘s Bertha Knight Landes Room, at 600 4th Avenue. You can also send your feedback to the control board via email.
The revised rules were released earlier this month to address issues with the original draft. The new version limits the amount of marijuana produced and details how many retailers will be allowed across the state. This includes 334 proposed retail locations in Washington, with 21 slated for Seattle. CHS reported on a late revision to the ruleset that will return to “as the crow fly” buffers around schools and parks to limit where shops may be located — all but eliminating the possibility of retail marijuana in the city’s most densely packed neighborhood, Capitol Hill.
In action at Seattle’s City Council Monday, the Stranger reports that the city plans to begin requiring a as of yet non-existent state license for medical marijuana dispensaries. The move could force Seattle’s dozens of marijuana dispensaries — including the two or three brick and mortar operations on Capitol Hill and additional mobile delivery services — into Olympia’s growing retail pot framework.
Meanwhile, at least one community group plans to let the control board know it objects to concentrating Seattle’s retail — and possibly medical — pot resources in the Central District:
The 23rd and Union folks have indicated that the presence of these pot shops in their neighborhood gives a negative message about their neighborhood. “Why the CD, and not neighborhoods with higher income residents?” is the ages old question.
I-502: Rulemaking on Marijuana Production and Sales
WA State Liquor Control Board HEARING
Public Meeting – October 8 @ City Hall @ 6 PM
UPDATE: The Seattle City Council is asking the control board to consider “geographic dispersion” in its rule set to avoid clustering of pot shops in areas like 23rd and Union. It’s unclear what any dispersion effort might mean for Capitol Hill though the 1,000 foot buffer appears to be an unbendable aspect of at least the first wave of licensing: