A Few Medical Pot Stores In Seattle Feared To Be Closed

NEWS2-326x235The city’s letter is part of a larger effort to bring more regulation to the state’s medical marijuana marketplace. Because the city doesn’t specifically track which businesses are involved in the medical marijuana field, officials aren’t sure how many actually face closure.

“Countless patients who rely on my services will have nowhere to go if my shop is shut down,” Karl Keich, owner of Seattle Medical Marijuana Association, said in a statement. “I have paid more than $150,000 in taxes to the state of Washington and thousands more to the city of Seattle. Not only will this revenue stream be cut off if the city’s plan is implemented, it will also put nine employees out of work.”

In May, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes called on lawmakers to meld the state’s recreational and medical marijuana systems. Holmes helped pass the ballot initiative legalizing recreational marijuana in Washington.

To read more, visit http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/10/23/seattle-medical-marijuana/17792007/

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