Monday, September 23, 2013

Seattle Councilmember: Marijuana policy to create "massive social change"

Marijuana stores in Seattle were discussed at the very beginning of the September 17 edition of the Seattle Channel's City Inside/Out: Council Edition.

Councilmember Nick Licata said that the Council likely will vote on the proposed marijuana zoning and land use ordinance on October 7.  The vote was delayed several times because they wanted to ensure that Seattle laws would work in concert with the Liquor Control Board's rules for marijuana businesses.  When asked if he was concerned about the possibility of a concentration of marijuana businesses being located in the industrial SoDo area, Councilmember Licata said that he expects businesses to be located throughout the City.  Multiple places throughout the City will be available for marijuana business development.

When Councilmember Tim Burgess was asked about medical marijuana businesses, he stated that the medical system cannot co-exist with the new recreational marijuana system.  He noted that with the establishment of a legal commercial marijuana system we are on the verge of "massive social change".

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