Under the new law, cannabis businesses that are licensed with the state will be authorized to operate within unincorporated King County. There are some restrictions, however, such as cannabis grow operations being required to be on parcels of 10 acres or more, and a requirement that retail outlets can’t be within 1,000 feet of another outlet.
A new study conducted by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy has found that Klickitat County has the highest rate of per capita recreational cannabis sales, averaging $65.80 of cannabis sold for every one person since legal sales began in July, 2014.
According to the study, Clark County was second with $56.93 sold per capita, with Jefferson County coming in at third with $51.23 sold per capita.
King County, the state’s most populated county, had less than 40% of the per capita sales of Klickitat County, averaging $24.39.
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.
John Urquhart, Sheriff of the largest county in Washington State, has publicly denounced the drug war, and will speak at an upcoming U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, which is taking place to discuss state and federal cannabis policies. The hearing is designed as a way for the nation to begin forging a better path forward in regards to their cannabis laws.
In a press release sent out yesterday, Sheriff Urquhart states that; “as a former narcotics detective, I can say with full confidence that the War on Drugs has been a failure”.