Seattle Mayor Moves Back Medical Marijuana Discussion to January

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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will not push for regulations on medical marijuana this year. Instead, he will take up the issue in January.

The mayor was expected to fast-track regulations specific to the medical industry but will wait to get more input from parties involved in the process, according to the Seattle Times.

Murray’s office needs to do more work on a city ordinance and wants to be sure those involved “feel like they’re able to meaningfully contribute” to the proposal, a spokesman for the mayor told the Times.

The proposal – which the mayor initially intended to send to city council this month – sets standards on testing, packaging and advertising for dispensaries,

Under the proposed ordinance, business owners would have to get criminal background checks and the city would be able to inspect dispensaries, levy fines or revoke licenses for violations.