King County Council Chair: Council’s Vote Continues Inequitable Location Of Marijuana Facilities

“The legislation will further concentrate retail marijuana stores in low income and working class neighborhoods, and, more often than not, minority neighborhoods.”

WASHINGTON:  Metropolitan King County Council Chair Joe McDermott, joined by Council member Larry Gossett, released this statement after the passage of legislation limiting the production, processing and retail of marijuana in the unincorporated areas of King County: “The legislation will further concentrate retail marijuana stores in low income and working class neighborhoods, and, more often than not, Read the full article…

Detroit Council May Crack Down On Booming Pot Industry

The restrictions would require that dispensaries not be located within 1,000 feet of schools, churches, caregiver centers and places such as liquor stores.

MICHIGAN: The Detroit City Council is expected take up a second ordinance to regulate the city’s booming medical marijuana industry on Tuesday, although final approval of the measure may not come until January. The council’s planning and economic development committee on Thursday approved the latest version of ordinances designating where dispensaries can locate. Without those Read the full article…

Boulder To Take New Look At Marijuana Regulations

We say there's zero tolerance and no administrative review. That makes someone feel pretty insecure, and that's not fair."

COLORADO: Representatives of the marijuana industry, supported by Boulder City Councilman Macon Cowles, want the city to reconsider its approach to marijuana regulation and come in line with the rest of the state, but top city officials say the more stringent approach has resulted in a safer city while still allowing businesses to be competitive. Read the full article…

Guest: Cities And Counties Have A Right To Ban The Sale Of Marijuana

“It seems like the people that were smoking before are mainly the people that are smoking now,” Hickenlooper said as Colorado marked six months of legal recreational sales last week.

WASHINGTON: Marijuana legalization under Initiative 502 is a bold experiment. As attorney general, I am defending that state law rigorously. But one question threatens to unravel marijuana legalization in Washington state and, potentially, across the country: Can cities and counties ban the sale of marijuana within their local jurisdiction? When asked to answer that important question, Read the full article…

Small Town In Washington Expects To Open Its Own Legal Cannabis Store By Month’s End

The primary reason for that choice, according to North Bonneville Mayor Don Stevens, is to assure the city takes control of its own destiny in the inevitable evolution of a legal cannabis market that holds great promise but still remains marked by citizen concerns and pockets of hard-core opposition to the very idea of legal weed.

WASHINGTON: The City of North Bonneville is only weeks away from securing a license to open Washington’s first municipally controlled and operated recreational marijuana store, which local leaders say could serve as a model to be adopted by cities across the state. The bucolic community of some 1,000 residents is located along the Columbia River amid Read the full article…

Cities Argue For A Bigger Share Of Pot Tax Revenue

"Somebody else thought they knew how much we were going to need," says Scott Winkels, lobbyist with the League of Oregon Cities.

WASHINGTON: When voters in four U.S. states — Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon — approved recreational marijuana sales, part of the appeal was the promise of a new revenue source to buoy cash-strapped cities and states. But tensions are growing in those four states over how the tax rewards from pot sales should be divided. Read the full article…

Local Opposition to Washington’s Legal Marijuana Businesses Is a Taxing Issue For the Fledgling Industry

With Oregon's recreational market about to come online, the bill could have particular implications for border counties such as Clark County.

WASHINGTON: The great experiment in the state of Washington to legalize the sale of marijuana through a regulated and taxed market has hit a hitch at the local level that threatens to slow progress to a snail’s pace, even as more and more marijuana businesses obtain the state licensing needed to open their doors. Through early Read the full article…

Fife Case Could Destroy Marijuana Legalization Effort In Washington, says AG

Washington AG Bob Ferguson said that in the case of MMC, LC v. Fife – where two pot retailers have challenged the city's marijuana retail ban – he has filed a brief opposing Fife's efforts to prevent a marijuana shop from opening in the city.

WASHINGTON: The city of Fife’s legal efforts to restrict marijuana sales could destroy marijuana legalization efforts in Washington state. That’s according to the Washington state Attorney General’s office, which is battling the city in court and siding with state voters who approved Initiative 502, legalizing marijuana sales in the state. Washington AG Bob Ferguson said that in Read the full article…

Issaquah WA City Council Approves Recreational Marijuana

Two applications have been received for producer/processors licenses that can be issued in the city. The moratorium will be removed June 16 when the ordinance is recorded.

WASHINGTON: With the moratorium on recreational marijuana in Issaquah expiring July 7, the Issaquah City Council voted 5-2 Monday night to allow the one retail outlet the city can legally have. Two applications have been received for producer/processors licenses that can be issued in the city. The moratorium will be removed June 16 when the ordinance Read the full article…

School Board Tells Gig Harbor WA It Does Not Want Retail Marijuana

The board approved the official language of the resolution unanimously. A six-month moratorium on retail marijuana was passed by the city council April 14. The city council will hold a public hearing on the moratorium at its June 9 meeting.

WASHINGTON:  The Peninsula School District Board of Directors will present an official resolution to the Gig Harbor City Council, asking the council to consider additional restrictions, including an outright ban, on retail marijuana in city limits. The board approved the official language of the resolution unanimously. A six-month moratorium on retail marijuana was passed by Read the full article…