Seattle Establishes Medical Marijuana System
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The City Council of Seattle, the largest city in the state of Washington, voted to establish a municipal licensing and regulation system for medical marijuana distribution under a new state law that takes effect later this week.  A spokesman for Mayor Mike McGinn said he expects to sign the measure quickly, making Seattle a beacon of compassion and forward-thinking surrounded by several other municipalities who have placed all kinds of restrictions on medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation facilities.

According to Reuters:

The 8-0 vote in favor of the measure comes nearly three months after Governor Christine Gregoire signed into law a new measure allowing cities to regulate and license production, processing and distribution of medical marijuana on a limited basis.

That statute, which takes effect on Friday, requires storefront dispensaries and other medical pot suppliers to reorganize themselves as small, cooperative ventures serving up to 10 patients. These “collective gardens” are confined to growing 45 plants total but no more than 15 per person.

A spokesman for the mayor said he anticipates the mayor will sign this ordinance today, Tuesday the 19th, and the measure would go into effect in another 30 days.  It would be my guess that the local economy in Seattle will have a slight “boom” in a months time.

Do the math yourself.

According to the Reuters article,  there are more than 25,000 medical marijuana patients in Seattle.  The article also states that there are currently 80 dispensaries already in operation.  Those existing places of business will only be allowed to provide service to 800 patients, leaving the additional 24,200 with no place to go and creating a potential need for another 2,420 shops to open their doors to fill the need.  I do not know exactly how many individuals each medical marijuana dispensary and the required grow houses will employ, but even if they only employ ten people each this will create around 25,000 new jobs and generate a huge amount of new, taxable income for the city, state, and even the federal government.

Anytime a new law or ordinance creates this large of a boost to the economy, local or national, it is obviously something that is long overdue.




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