Seattle council panel approves marijuana growing zones
Category: News | Posted on Thu, May, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
A Seattle City Council committee has approved zoning for large indoor marijuana farms in some industrial areas of the city.
The Seattle Times reports the zoning approved Wednesday would allow growing operations the size of a football field to encourage economies of scale.
The city rules also would permit growing as many as 45 pot plants in homes so residents could grow their own, although that would conflict with state rules.
Council member Nick Licata said the city is in a "bit of the Twilight Zone" because of uncertain regulations. The state is still putting a recreational marijuana system in place; medical marijuana is largely unregulated and the federal government considers all marijuana illegal.
The full council is expected to take up the zoning issue June 3.
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New L.A. law on medical marijuana shops faces hazy future
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, May, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
Los Angeles voters took regulation of the city's medical marijuana shops into their own hands Tuesday, embracing a ballot measure to sharply reduce the number of dispensaries in the city.
But as in all things related to pot policy, the future of the new law is hazy.
Under the measure, only 135 dispensaries — those that were operating before a failed moratorium in 2007 — will be allowed to stay open. But enforcement could prove a monumental challenge as backers of a rival measure threaten lawsuits and city lawyers begin the long process of identifying all of the city's dispensaries and bringing them into compliance.
"Now the city has some work to do," said Steven Lubell, a medical marijuana attorney who supported the winning measure.
City officials, who have spent years struggling to regulate pot shops with little success, said they didn't know how many dispensaries were operating in Los Angeles. A recent police estimate put the number at around 700, but others said it could be more than double that. Jane Usher, a special assistant city attorney, said once the results of Tuesday's election are certified, city lawyers will begin updating their database of dispensaries and sending letters to operators notifying them of the new law.
Those that opened before the moratorium will be required to be at least 600 feet from any school, park or child-care facility and pay 6% of their gross receipts in taxes. Those that opened after 2007 will be ordered to close
Read more: http://www.latimes.com
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