Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Seattle Adopts Medical Marijuana Regulations

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is scheduled to sign a new bill that will set up regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries in the city that will treat them like any other business, requiring them to be licensed, follow city codes, obtain food-handling permits for edibles and setting up a system for taxation.

The bill was passed by the Seattle city council on July 18 and is in stark contrast to most other cities in the state that have put moratoriums on dispensary operations.

The future of medical marijuana in the state has been uncertain since Gov. Chris Gregoire vetoed a bill earlier this year that would have licensed and regulated commercial dispensaries, but allowed sections of the law allowing collectives to pass.
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