Marijuana retail shops may be few, far between in Seattle city limits

potmapSEATTLE — After voters in Washington last month approved the legalization of marijuana, the state Liquor Control Board started working to draft rules and regulations for future pot retail stores. But the law, as originally written by the Legislature, will make it tough to open any shops in Seattle.

Ben Livingston, a local marijuana activist with the Center for Legal Cannabis, has created a map showing that pot retail stores will basically be outlawed within Seattle city limits. That’s because, according to the new law, these stores can’t be located within 1,000 feet of most places where kids are gathered.

Livingston uses colored dots on his map to note parks, playgrounds, schools and day care facilities in Seattle. The dots cover most of the city, leaving open spots around the Sodo district and the southern areas near the airport.

Alison Holcomb, who directed the campaign to legalize marijuana, recently told Seattle Weekly that she believes voters wanted to end marijuana prohibition and weren’t as concerned with having easy access to it.

Some believe the buffer zones were created to keep federal authorities from cracking down on the state now that pot is legal.

Livingston said he believes the law will simply force pot retailers to open shops in the suburbs. He said that’s not fair to the people who live in the state’s largest city. “The intent of the voters was to legalize it and let them buy it in a store,” he said.

The Legislature can’t make any changes to the law for two years.

Once stores open up, in another year or so when regulations are complete, they’re expected to bring in a half-billion dollars in tax revenue to the state every year.

To see Livingston’s color coded map, click here.

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10 comments

  • joe

    It should be promoted in place of alcohol, turns out that move Refer Madness was a lie, propaganda and false narratives in order to grow the prison populations, manacle society and rob individuals of liberty and individualism the product of socialist thinking.

  • Steve

    Hi, I'd like to know why pot isn't legal in the other 48 states? During prohibition the last thing the bootleggers wanted was legalized alcohol…could it be these 48 states are being paid off by the B-L'ers or mob to keep their profits up by keeping it illegal? Just think of all the dough the states are raking in from fines and running all those McPrisons…makes me wonder–and outrages me to no end! It's finally time to end this brainless charade and the expense of 'the war on drugs'.

    • jon_tomas

      Everyone who has been paying attention knows marijuana is less "addictive" than coffee and FAR less harmful than alcohol. Indeed, polls show public support for ending the fraudulent marijuana prohibition has now passed 50 percent – nationwide. So why do we still have this barbaric persecution?

      Because police, prosecutors and politicians build their careers and empires on it. Because industries like alcohol and pharmaceuticals don't want the competition. Because other interests like the drug treatment/testing industry and the prison industries depend on it for their life's blood. Because many shaky corporations couldn't exist without the laundered money. And because government uses marijuana prohibition as a means of controlling minorities and the poor, and as a pretext for meddling in other countries' affairs.

      The trillions of dollars made by the drug gangs have not been buried in the ground. They have been invested in legitimate business, causing another huge support of this persecution of millions of innocent people.

    • jon_tomas

      For a good view underneath the iceburg, see Catherine Austin Fitts' excellent article: "Narco Dollars For Beginners." – keeping in mind that while Fitts employs cocaine because it best suits her metaphor, FBI statistics show marijuana sales comprise 80 percent of all "illegal" drug transactions.
      http://www.ratical.org/co-globalize/narcoDollars….

      It's time to dismantle the marijuana-prohibition-industrial-criminal-complex!

  • Steve

    I was surprised to hear that Portugal has decrimmed all drugs…that's right–everything! Reason being–they feel addicts are sick and shouldn't be prosecuted by the law…furthermore they have finally realized that trying to fight a war on substances their citizens demand is entirely futile. I was very impressed by this intelligent reasoning. Sure some hard drug users are going to die, but they would die regardless of any laws…
    Altho I am not a fan of 'hard drugs'…w/o an army of killer cops to enforce archaic laws–prices would surely drop and crime along with it. Why can't we see this? Is this nation that brainwashed it can no longer think outside the box and see kinder/ gentler avenues of approach?
    As an extra-added bonus–if police are no longer tied up by their war on drugs–prehaps they could put a dent on violent crimes against the very citizens they are sworn to protect. Oh, I can see where I've gone wrong…I make too much sense. Sorry!

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