The Seattle City Council has unanimously approved a bill which allows medical cannabis dispensaries to continue operating in the city without a state-issued licensed past the current deadline of January 1st, 2015. The proposal, introduced by Councilor Nick Licata, would allow dispensaries to continue operating in the city without a state license until either July 1st, 2015, or January 1st, 2016, depending on whether the Washington State Legislature establishes a state-wide medical cannabis system in the next session.
When legal recreational cannabis sales began yesterday in Washington State, an interesting 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.”
Salal Credit Union has announced that they’ll do business with recreational cannabis outlets in Washington State, allowing them to bank, take out loans and take part in other financial services. Salal is the second credit union, following Numerica Credit Union, to announce that they’ll work with those intending to distribute, process or cultivate cannabis for recreational purposes.
The announcement was made by representative Bob Schweigert at the Marijuana Business Association’s Canna Business & The Law seminar, which took place yesterday in Seattle, during a panel called Managing Your Marijuana Business Money.
The Seattle Seahawks won a close, hard-fought match, with the final score being 23 to 17. In 2012, Washington voters approved an initiative to legalize cannabis; in Seattle, well over 60% voted in favor.
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.
With the passage of Initiative 502 last year in Washington State, the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis is legal for those 21 and older, while consuming in public remains illegal. However, those doing so in Seattle will only have to pay a $27 fine if caught, under a proposal approved yesterday by the Seattle City Council; this fine is significantly less than the state-wide fine of $103.
Thanks to the passage of Initiative 502 last November, recreational cannabis retail outlets will be opening throughout Washington State beginning next year. 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.
This year’s High Times Cannabis Cup in Seattle – the 2nd annual – was something to be experienced. Much larger than last year’s event in terms of size, booths and attendees, the most drastic change was that anyone over 21 could enter the heart of the event – where countless dabs (hits of cannabis oil) were given out, and numerous cannabis products were sold – which was secluded to authorized Washington State patients last year.
If you were at the event, and could show an ID to prove you were over 21, you could walk through a plethora of cannabis-related booths, dozens of which were either giving out free dabs, selling cannabis edibles (such as chocolate bars, slushies, gummies, etc.), sampling bud that was grown from seeds they were selling, demonstrating new cannabis-related products, etc.. For two brief days, those who attended the event got a chance to feel what it was like to experience legal cannabis.
Washington State’s Liquor Control Board, the entity tasked with regulating the newly-legal recreational cannabis industry, has released its latest draft regulations, which includes the number of retail outlets which will be allowed in each county. Under the proposed rules – which will be finalized by October 16th – a maximum of 334 retail outlets will become licensed by the state to legally distribute cannabis to adults; 61 can be located in King County, the state’s biggest county, with 21 being allowed in Seattle.
The Seattle Police Department will be handing out hundreds of bags of free Doritos this weekend at Seattle’s Hempfest, one of the largest free speech rallies in the world. On these bags of Doritos will be stickers educating attendees on Washington State’s new cannabis policies, which finds the possession of an ounce of cannabis no longer a crime after the passage of Initiative 502 last November.