Seattle Requiring Medical Marijuana Dispensaries To Obtain State License In Order To Remain In Business: The Problem, No Such License Exists

By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor

Entreating the GodfatherIn another example of the bureaucratic disarray shackling the recreational and medical marijuana industry in Washington State, the City of Seattle sent a warning letter to over three hundred medical marijuana dispensaries requiring them to obtain a state license for medical marijuana by next summer or face closure. The problem is Washington does not license medical marijuana dispensaries.

Over three hundred dispensaries were served notice by the city. Previously, the city council anticipated that at some time in the future, the legislature would create a regulatory program to address medical marijuana dispensaries in addition to the laws and agency rules currently addressing the recreational industry. The subsequent session of the legislature failed to craft such legislation. In fact, there were several camps in the legislature that were openly hostile to the notion of an untaxed market that competed with the highly taxed state sanctioned recreational marijuana industry, which the legislature wanted to protect.

One representative, Chris Hurst of Enumclaw, who oversees the House committee that oversees the marijuana industry, urged the city to take action against the medical marijuana industry. The United States Department of Justice has warned that it considers the unregulated medical marijuana industry as untenable.

In November of 2013 the city council gave the extension to existing medical marijuana dispensaries but any that attempted to be established afterward would not be tolerated. But reportedly, there have been dozens that have open afterward nevertheless. There are presently over three hundred and thirty medical dispensaries and they outnumber recreational marijuana retailers by nearly a hundred to one.

There is concern the actions by the city will negatively affect medical marijuana patients due to the greater lengths they will have to go to obtain their medicine.

Kris Hermes, a spokesman for Americans for Safe Access stated: “We’re urging the Legislature to adopt a legal framework that can allow the two programs — adult use and medical — to exist side-by-side. In the meantime, the city of Seattle should back off its stringent stance on requiring medical marijuana businesses to obtain a license that doesn’t yet exist.”

By Darren Smith


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  1. They made a musical out of Reefer Madness. Not sure it is any better than the movie though.

  2. Outlaw tobacco. If you are addicted please tell your offspring that it is not a good thing. Too many present day addicts are under 40 and anyone who started smoking after 1970 or so was ignoring clear truths about smoking and cancer, smoking and heart disease. If you have a kid out there and he is starting to smoke you must take the effort to educate him or her. It ain’t glamorous.

    1. You know tobacco is bad when Camels won’t let it’s employees smoke at the plant anymore. 😉

  3. Paul, Hallucination levels almost always means edibles, or a combo of smoking and edibles.

  4. Paul C. Schulte

    Max-1 – there is a good chance that Michael Brown was killed as a result of over consumption of pot.
    Sounds like you spend too much money on lottery tickets.

    1. If you read the autopsy report including the drug report, Michael Brown had enough cannabis in his system to have hallucinations. At that level, who knows what he was capable of or what he was thinking when he went for Wilson’s gun.

  5. Instead of curbing the “underground trade” in Washington…
    … Lawmakers are driving the “underground trade”.

  6. How many people were killed by pot today…
    … Versus how many people have been killed by gunfire?

    1. Max-1 – there is a good chance that Michael Brown was killed as a result of over consumption of pot.

        1. Max-1 – the amount of pot in his system may have gotten him killed. Let’s say that I drink enough alcohol that I blow a 0.3. Now that may not kill me, but at that level I may get into a traffic accident that gets me killed or I may decide to pull a gun on a cop and get myself killed. Or I might get involved in a brawl and get knifed and end up dead. Get the drift?

  7. This is a copy of For non-medical use, you had to buy a stamp, but they didn’t print any. Plus, you had to have the drug in hand to apply, meaning you had already broken the law. Overturned by the Supremes:
    That’s right, Timothy Leary. Those who don’t study history are doomed to repeat it. Tax-n-regulate is a trap. The power to tax is the power to destroy. Just legalize-keep the bureaucrats out of it.

  8. This sort of Catch-22 has happened before. And do not expect anyone to get the act together. That is setting the bar too high. 🙂

    1. Paul and Rafflaw, how can you get your act together with 300 stores? How can one “focus” 🙂

      1. happypappies – I am clean and sober. Don’t know what anyone elses problem is. 😉

  9. Well, that sounds like a catch 22 to me. If there isn’t a license available, how can they register for one? Or did I read that right.

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