King County Sheriff John Urquhart and King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg held a press conference today calling for the immediate closure of all medical cannabis dispensaries in unincorporated King County.
During the conference, which was held on the sidewalk in front of a sheriff’s office in White Center, Satterberg threatened that dispensaries which are still in operation a month from now can expect to “receive a visit”.
Prior to the press conference, dispensaries in unincorporated King County – including two popular cannabis farmers markers – were sent a cease and desist letter telling them they must shut down unless they receive a license from the state. This is despite the fact that such a license does not yet exist for medical cannabis.
“You might not consider yourself illegal”, said Satterberg at the press conference. “We do.”
The move comes after the passage of Senate Bill 5052, which calls for the closure of every medical cannabis dispensary in the state, though that portion of the law isn’t set to take effect until July of next year, leaving questions about why Satterberg and Urquhart are spending time and resources trying to shut these outlets down.
A portion of the conference can be seen below; the website in the video (SaveAccessWA.com) leads to a GoFundMe page for a series of lawsuits to overturn Senate Bill 5052. Below the video is a list of every dispensary that received the above-mentioned cease and desist letter.
- (Mr. Grassman’s)
- Alternative Care
- Pacific Coast Natural Medicine
- Northwest Cannabis Market
- Herban Legends
- GHL Medical
- Purple Dragon
- The Solution
- King County Collective
- Evergreen Canna Club (E.C.C.)
- WAMM Health and Wellness Clinic
- MMJ Universe “A Cannabis Farmers Market”
- Military Road Holistic