Seattle City Council passes marijuana zoningOctober 7, 2013 @ 3:50 pm (Updated: 4:05 pm - 10/7/13 )
SEATTLE (AP) - Nearly a year after Washington's voters legalized marijuana for recreational use, Seattle's City Council has voted to set limits on where pot-related businesses can locate.
The council on Monday approved a zoning measure for marijuana grow operations, processing facilities and retail stores. It limits indoor grows to 20,000 square feet and allows them only in certain industrial areas.
Washington's legal marijuana law already includes zoning requirements keeping the businesses away from schools, parks and playgrounds. Seattle's measure additionally keeps them out of historic and landmark districts and residential areas.
Seattle's ordinance also addresses medical marijuana operations in the city, making clear they will have to obtain state licenses if they want to continue operating past Jan. 1, 2015.
The state currently has no regulated medical marijuana system, but officials are considering ways to regulate medical marijuana so that it doesn't undercut recreational pot sales or prompt federal crackdowns. Recreational pot stores are expected to open by next summer.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Land Your Dream Job
Two Seattle women share how they got their dream job by taking things into their own hands
Flight of Her Life
Julie Spencer went from her father's funeral to the state championship in the same day
Nothing Can Beat It
Michael Bennett asks, 'Why would I ever want to leave?'
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.