The Central District church that turned to prayer and protest when it suddenly found itself neighboring Seattle’s second I-502 marijuana retailer is taking its case to close Uncle Ike’s to an even higher power — King County Superior Court.
The Seattle Times reports that Mount Calvary Christian Center is suing to shut Uncle Ike’s down:
The suit alleges that Uncle Ike’s was allowed to open despite being about 250 feet from a teen recreation center. It says the city and state did not perform due diligence in allowing Uncle Ike’s to open.
The church and community center ask the court to revoke Uncle Ike’s license and direct the city of Seattle to set up measures that would require it to let communities weigh in before potential marijuana stores are approved.
The Times reports Mount Calvary’s Pastor Reggie Witherspoon told the paper that Uncle Ike’s owner Ian Eisenberg needs to take the “community’s concerns” more seriously.
Ike’s, the WSLCB and the City of Seattle are all reportedly named in the lawsuit which has not yet been filed.
We have asked Eisenberg to comment on the suit and will update when we hear back.Uncle Ike’s opened in late September as Seattle’s second legal recreational pot retailer. Despite a protest and rallies lead by Mount Calvary in the shop’s first weekend, the new store did boffo business in its first week averaging more than $13,000 in sales — per day.
Meanwhile, another I-502 license holder appears to be gearing up for a new marijuana shop just a few blocks away on E Union. That building, by the way, is currently used as a mosque.
During Mount Calvary’s first rally, Seattle City Council member Bruce Harrell told CHS he was beginning a review of how the shop was allowed to open at the intersection in such close proximity to the church and the center.
CHS looked at the way the state and City of Seattle shaped the city’s marijuana “zoning” — and the possibility for better local control — following the protest.
Uncle Ike’s is a CHS advertiser.