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Record No: Res 31595    Version: Council Bill No:
Type: Council Budget Action (CBA) Status: Adopted
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 7/13/2015
Ordinance No:
Title: A RESOLUTION concerning the creation of enforcement priorities for city departments regarding non-state-licensed marijuana establishments.
Sponsors: Nick Licata
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Substitute v3, 3. Central Staff Memo, 7-8-2015, 4. Mayor's Transmittal Letter, 5. Marijuana Legislative Proposals (6/10/2015), 6. Summary of Cannabis-related Legislative Proposals, 7. Marijuana Policy FAQ, 8. Preliminary List of Business Licenses Issued after 1/1/2013, 9. Summary of Senate Bill 5052, 10. Central Staff Memo (6/10/2015), 11. Central Staff Memo and issue identification (6/24/2015), 12. Map of Dispenary Clusters and State-licensed Retail Stores, 13. Map of Dispensary Clusters Clusters and State-licensed Retail Stores by Land Use Zone, 14. Signed Resolution 31595
RESOLUTION _________________
A RESOLUTION concerning the creation of enforcement priorities for city departments regarding non-state-licensed marijuana establishments.
WHEREAS, the residents of the state of Washington voted in favor of Initiative 692 creating the Medical Use of Marijuana Act (MUCA);
WHEREAS, the MUCA does not create any legal right to grow, process, or distribute medical marijuana but only allows for an affirmative defense for patients and providers;
WHEREAS, Initiative 502 was passed statewide and by voters in the state of Washington;
WHEREAS, said Initiative 502 creates a highly regulated system for the production, processing, and distribution of marijuana for adult use;
WHEREAS, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board has allowed for the provision of 21 retail marijuana stores within the City of Seattle;
WHEREAS, 14 recreational marijuana retail stores have opened in the City of Seattle as of June 2, 2015;
WHEREAS, the Department of Finance and Administrative Services and the Department of Planning and Development have determined that there are approximately 99 marijuana retailers operating in the City of Seattle without licenses issued by the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board;
WHEREAS, an estimated 54 marijuana retailers without state licenses have established operations in the City of Seattle since January 1, 2013;
WHEREAS, there have been numerous armed robberies and thefts of unlicensed marijuana businesses endangering staff at these establishments and the surrounding community;
WHEREAS, access to medical marijuana for qualifying patients and recreational marijuana by adults should be equitably distributed throughout the city;
WHEREAS, access to recreational marijuana should be limited to those over 21 years of age;
WHEREAS, access to medical marijuana by those under 21 years of age should be available only to those patients with a qualifying medical condition that has been confirmed...

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