Vail Marijuana Store Ban Gets First Approval

COLORADO:  There aren’t any retail marijuana stores here now, and there won’t be any retail for the foreseeable future. The Vail Town Council on Tuesday voted 6-1 to give first-reading approval of a ban on retail marijuana stores, as well as cultivation facilities.

The ban, which will face a final-approval vote as soon as Aug. 4, replaces a temporary moratorium the town imposed in 2014. After a handful of extensions, council member Dave Chapin proposed a permanent ban at the council’s July 7 meeting.

In this case, though, “permanent” is a relative term. Chapin said Tuesday the council could overturn the current ordinance almost as soon as it’s passed. And Vail voters in November will elect at least two and as many as four new council members.

Three Pot Stores In Bellingham May Be Among First To Open In State

WASHINGTON:  Three proposed retail marijuana stores in Bellingham are ready for final inspections, meaning they could be among the first such outlets to open in the state once the first licenses are issued July 7.

Four licensees in Tacoma, three in Spokane and three in Vancouver also are ready for their final inspections, according to information provided to the state Liquor Control Board. In Seattle, only one store is ready for that inspection, along with two others in King County — one in Bellevue and another in Des Moines.

Even small towns like Union Gap and Benge, which is in Adams County, have a store on a list of 20 expected to be among the first licenses issued on July 7.

Those stores would be able to open as early as 8 a.m. the next day. More stores will get final inspections, be issued licenses and be allowed to open later in July.

State To Change Rules On Where Marijuana Outlets Can Locate

WASHINGTON: Washington state is changing its plans for where marijuana businesses can be located, after the Justice Department said that enforcing federal drug laws near schools and playgrounds remains a priority “and will not be compromised for convenience.” [Read more…]