Approved by voters in November 2012, Initiative 502 allows the legal production and sale of marijuana for medical and recreational use.
The Washington State Liquor Control Board has developed rules to regulate the production and sales of marijuana ruling that ‘pot shops’ cannot be located within 1000 ft. in any direction from a school, park, childcare center, arcade, public transit facility, or playground. The city’s proposed locations for marijuana retail outlets that fall within the rules are identified in yellow in the attached map. As you can see on the map, the area around 23rd and Union is outside of the restrictions and could therefore be zoned for one, two, three or more pot shops. To my knowledge “Saturation” limits have not been addressed by the rule-makers. In other words, there possibly could be 10 shops in a four block radius.
Several citizens working and living in the area have expressed significant concern about and opposition to the city’s estimated location of pot shops in the 23rd and Union area.
EastPAC Board member Randy Beaulieu is coordinator for the Central Seattle Drug Free Communities Coalition, works in whose mission it is “To unite the community in an effort to create a safe community free of alcohol, drugs and violence.” Randy says that “research indicates that when perception of harm decreases, actual use increases.”
His comments were included in a recent KUOW radio interview:
The 23rd and Union folks have indicated that the presence of these pot shops in their neighborhood gives a negative message about their neighborhood. “Why the CD, and not neighborhoods with higher income residents?” is the ages old question.
The Liquor Control Board is holding a public hearing on Tuesday, October 8th, in City Hall’s Bertha Knight Landes Room. It is important that citizens attend to have their voices heard!
I-502: Rulemaking on Marijuana Production and Sales
WA State Liquor Control Board HEARING
Public Meeting – October 8 @ City Hall @ 6 PM