Seattle Warns 330 MMJ Businesses to Get Licenses

Obtain a state permit or shut down.

That’s the gist of a letter Seattle’s Department of Planning and Processing sent to 330 medical marijuana businesses across the city recently.

The agency warned the businesses that they have until July – or possibly as late as Jan. 1, 2016, depending on other factors – to get a license from the state Liquor Control Board. Otherwise, they’ll have to “stop conducting major marijuana activity.”

The city’s medical marijuana rules classify any business with more than 45 plants or 72 ounces of usable marijuana as engaging in “major” activity.

, Seattle Warns 330 MMJ Businesses to Get Licenses

It’s impossible to comply with the rule at this point: The state has not yet determined how it will handle – or whether it will even license – MMJ businesses yet. Hence the caveat in the letter that says  businesses may have an extra six months next year to get a license “depending on action by the state legislature.”

Washington has no statewide regulations on its medical marijuana industry. Seattle, however, has established some rules that prohibit MMJ operations in certain areas and require medical cannabis businesses to get licenses from the state.

The letter includes a direct warning to newer medical marijuana businesses, which it already considers illegal.

“If you began operating after Nov. 16, 2013 and do not have a state-issued license, you are in violation of city law and can be subject to enforcement action,” the letter reads.


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2 comments on “Seattle Warns 330 MMJ Businesses to Get Licenses
  1. Liberty For All on

    How can the State or City government prosecute someone with the vast inconsistencies that they have displayed. How in the hell is anyone supposed to know which law’s to follow, and which laws to break! This is a legal quagmire and an absolute MESS made by the politicians!

  2. Eislynn on

    Ridiculous that the city would try to force the states hand with this farce! No way that MMJ should be regulated by the WSLCB. MMJ and recreational cannabis are 2 entirely different groups of consumers with vastly different needs. Not to mention shutting down these points of safe access will only reinforce the black market, increase violence and put revenue back underground. This is a massive step backwards! Gov Gregoire already made them illegal last session when she gutted the amendment! The feds say it’s illegal, now the city is saying it’s illegal. Guess what it’s illegal! BUT your voters don’t want it to be so wake up and deliver what your constutiency wants or face the consequences at the polls. We are the majority! Hey Majority! Start acting like it and turn out Nov 5th so we can end this crap once and for all!

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