In a unanimous Monday vote, Seattle’s City Council gave approval to a proposal that drastically shrinks the buffer zones that separate legal cannabis businesses from locations such as public parks and schools.
Under current state law, the buffer zone between cannabis businesses and public locations such as parks is set at 1,000 feet; however, the state’s legislature last year passed a bill allowing cities to lower this to 100 feet. Seattle’s Council voted to lower the number to 250 feet in downtown Seattle, and 500 feet elsewhere.
As part of the change, no more than two cannabis businesses are allowed to operate within 1,000 feet of each other.
“We’re a block away from the dump. We’re here because of this crazy zoning,” James Lathrop, owner of Cannabis City told the council before their vote.
The change is expected to be quickly approved by Mayor Ed Murray, though the council has a veto-proof majority even if he doesn’t.