On September 2, 2014 Seattle City Council unanimously approved legislation to extend legal medical marijuana production, processing, and access points operating within the Seattle city limits. There are limitations though.
First, the extension only applies to medical marijuana facilities operating within Seattle’s city limits, which is limited by the governing bodies jurisdiction.
The other primary stipulation is that the business must have been operating prior to November 16, 2013. So the extension wont apply to new medical marijuana businesses.
“Medical dispensaries that started after Nov. 2013 — they are really operating at their own peril,” said Seattle City Council Member Tim Burgess “Not only are they violating land use code, but they’re opening themselves up to criminal investigation.”
The intent of the extension is to allow time for the state to adopt new medical marijuana regulations and evaluate the implementation of I-502.
If Washington fails to pass medical marijuana regulations by July 1, 2015, there may be another extension into the following legislative year, January 1, 2016.