On Monday the Washington House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 5073, a massive piece of medical-marijuana legislation that essentially rewrites the state's policy toward the prescribed use of pot. There are all kind of fun nuggets packed into the bill--some good, others not. One part that hadn't been talked about much until, well, until it was put in an amendment yesterday, is the number of dispensaries that would be allowed in the state. Now we have an answer: 93.
The number comes from an amendment offered by Rep. Eileen Cody (D-West Seattle), which sets the rate of dispensaries allowed at 1 for every 20,000 residents in a county.
So considering that there are about 41 dispensaries operating in the county right now, according to weedmaps.com, and only some of those as actual storefronts, the number of real dispensaries could be jumping quite a bit very soon.
The statewide population is some 6.6 million people, so there would be 333 marijuana dispensaries allowed in the state, should the bill pass as-is.
In other words, if you had been considering opening a cannabis dispensary in Washington, now would be a good time to line up your down payment.
The bill still has to head back to the state Senate to vote on the even more heavily amended version, where the amount of allowable dispensaries could change. Plus, even at 93, plenty of folks still won't make the cutoff.
But at any rate, boom times are likely on their way for Evergreen State pot providers.