Having put down the neighboring church’s first attempt to shutter the shop with a temporary restraining order, the Central District’s I-502 pot shop Uncle Ike’s was back in court Friday as lawyers for Mount Calvary Christian Center made their case again that the marijuana store never should have been allowed to open in the first place at 23rd and Union.
UPDATE: Ike’s camp tells us the temporary injunction was denied and that the shop will be open as usual to serve your holiday shopping needs. The larger case against the shop, state, and city isn’t scheduled to go to trial until next year.
“The Washington Legislature enacted provisions to protect children from marijuana retail business operations, not to protect retail marijuana businesses, and invoke mandatory directives regarding location and distance of such exposure,” the plaintiffs wrote in the motion filed in King County Superior Court. “The defendants completely ignored that directive.”
Lawyers for Uncle Ike’s, a CHS advertiser, counter that the store’s ownership followed the letter of the I-502 law in security the shop’s license and that Mount Calvary’s Teen Center at the center of the dispute is used primarily for non-protected religious services and hasn’t hosted non-religious youth activities for several years:
Ike’s defense also countered that “no evidence has been presented that marijuana from Uncle Ike’s is being sold to minors or that store-level security measures are not presently working.”
Based on the shop’s eye-popping revenue totals, Ike’s lawyers have also called for the requirement of a sizable bond to protect the shop against losses of $20,000 in sales per day and its $2 million start-up investment should the injunction be granted:
CHS first reported here on the Mount Calvary lawsuit against Ike’s ownership, the state and the City of Seattle and have reported that city officials have said they are looking into better local management of the I-502 process. A similar fight could come up again in the area as plans are hatched to bring a new pot store to 15th Ave E. In one filing, Mount Calvary claims Mayor Ed Murray agrees that Ike’s shouldn’t have been allowed to open:
The church also seems to be fighting for respect from Uncle Ike’s owner Ian Eisenberg:
We’ll see what the judge has to say about it, soon.