Seattle: City to Introduce Plan for Shutting Down Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

seattleSeattle city officials held a private meeting recently where they presented a tentative resolution that will soon be presented to the City Council that would separate medical cannabis establishments into tiers, with the goal of shutting many down in the coming months.

Under this proposal – which is designed in response to the passage of Senate Bill 5052 – the first tier would include those distributing medical cannabis to patients under 21 (which is now illegal), and those with a business license obtained after January 1st, 2013. The second tier would consist of outlets that have delivery services, and those that allow medical cannabis consumption on-site. The third tier would consist of outlets that distribute cannabis that has not undergone microbial or potency testing, and those located within 500 feet of another licensed or unlicensed cannabis establishment, playground, public recreation center or a park, or within 1,000 feet of a school.

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Seattle City Attorney Seeks Dismissal of All Tickets for Public Cannabis Consumption Between January and July

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Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes.

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes is seeking the dismissal of all tickets distributed in the city for the public consumption of cannabis between January 1st and July 31st of this year, after it was found that more than 80% of the tickets were given by one officer who calls the state’s legalization of cannabis “silly”.

“In order to treat everyone equally during this time period, the City Attorney’s Office will request that all infractions issued between January 1 and July 30, 2014, be dismissed with prejudice,” Holmes will say in a presentation to the Seattle City Council on Monday, according to Q13 Fox.

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Seattle Police Chief Calls for Dismissal of Cannabis Tickets

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole has imagecalled for the dismissal of dozens of tickets for consuming cannabis in public given by an officer who was found to have distributed over 80% of the tickets in the city in the first 7 months of the year. The announcement came from Sergeant Sean Whitcomb, spokesman for the Seattle Police Department.

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Seattle City Attorney Partakes in Legal Cannabis

When legal recreational cannabis sales began yesterday in Washington State, an interestingpete thing took place; Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes was fourth in line – meaning he waited hours – to purchase cannabis at the city’s first outlet, Cannabis City. Holmes purchased two grams of a strain called OG Pearl, and told reporters that it was for “posterity”, as well as “personal enjoyment”.

“The most important takeaway here is that today marijuana sales became legal, and I’m here to personally exercise myself this new freedom,” Holmes said on Tuesday in front of a crowd of people. “I bought two two-gram bags of OG Pearl, which was recommended. I’m keeping one bag for posterity and one for personal enjoyment at some point when it’s appropriate.”

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Seattle City Attorney Working to Increase Cannabis Tourism

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes is working on ways to to accommodate cannabis tourists who might face barriers in the partaking of legal cannabis.Aerial view of Seattle city skyline

While speaking in front of a Seattle City Council committee last week, Holmes noted that rules banning consumption in public could make it harder for those from out of town to participate in the newly-legal recreational cannabis market, especially considering that most people would stay in hotels, where smoking is banned.

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Seattle City Attorney Calls for More Recreational Cannabis Stores Than the Current Limit Allows

Thanks to the passage of Initiative 502 last November, recreational cannabis retail outlets will be opening throughout Washington State beginning next yearseattle. However, due to limitations set forth by the state’s Liquor Control Board – which is tasked with regulating the new market – 334 retail outlets will be allowed to open, with only 21 of those planned for the state’s largest city, Seattle. Now, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes is calling for a large increase in this limit.

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