The fallout from SB 5073 continues as Washington cities big and small on both sides of the mountains grapple with the best way to regulate medical marijuana. Under the new state law, dispensaries are quickly going the way of the buffalo while "collective gardens" are sprouting up like, um, weeds.
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Here are a few of the latest happenings:
Existing Tacoma dispensaries, of which there are more than 30, can remain open for the time being, but the city is still in the process of shutting down at least 14 of the establishments. According to the Tacoma News Tribune, the city is in the process of drafting new zoning rules for pot-centric establishments, "with an eye toward the locations of schools, day cares, parks, churches and other facilities."
No idea what a collective garden entails? Under the new state law, up to 10 patients can create cultivate up to 45 plants, harvesting up to 4.5 pounds of usable cannabis. For more on how it works, check out our post last month, "Seattle's Marijuana-Garden Ordinance: The New Don't Ask, Don't Tell."