The latest development in the ongoing discussions regarding the implementation of I-502 involves the geographic dispersion of pot shops in Seattle.
We previously reported that the Washington State Liquor Control Board has made no decisions about whether they’ll allow clustering shop locations or make efforts to deliberately disperse them. That decision will affect the 23rd and Union corner’s potential to one day house multiple marijuana retail locations.
Yesterday, the Seattle City Council wrote to the Board encouraging it to incorporate geographic dispersion of marijuana retail licenses into their rules.
The letter states, in part:
The Liquor Control Board may not issue licenses for the sale of marijuana to businesses located less than 1,000 feet from an elementary or secondary school, playground, recreation center, child care center, public park, public transit center, library, or game arcade Where admission is not restricted to persons age 21 or older. These restrictions result in limited areas of Seattle being available for retail sales.
We are concerned with how these restrictions could interact with the proposed rules for marijuana retail licenses. New section WAC 314-55-081 (l) of the proposed rules for marijuana retail licenses states that should the number of eligible applications exceed the allotted amount of retail locations in a city (21 in Seattle), licenses Will be granted by lottery.
Should there be more than 21 eligible retail applications in Seattle, and the licenses are granted by lottery, this could potentially result in clustering of retail sales in a few areas, and other eligible areas having no retail locations.
Should a lottery result in a lack of geographic dispersion of retail locations within Seattle, this could make fulfilling the goals of I-502 more difficult.
We encourage you to incorporate consideration of geographic dispersion of retail licenses into