Seattle May Not Issue Medical Marijuana Dispensary Licenses

Washington State is still sending mixed signals to the Medical Marijuana community on whether or not it will actually be issuing licenses for dispensaries to operate in the state. Washington reminds me a lot of how it was in Oregon before Oregon’s Legislature legalized medical marijuana dispensaries (officially legalized, no ‘grey area’). Dispensaries are all over the place in Washington. By not licensing and regulating them, it doesn’t mean that they don’t exist, and the State of Washington is losing out on revenue everyday in the process. It’s time that Washington put in place clear rules and regulations for dispensaries so that the industry can operate above reproach, and help the State with much needed tax and fee revenues, like Oregon is doing now. Read more here in The Weed Blog...

The Green Rush Gouge

I’ve talked with several smart, driven people of our i502 community lately, desperate to find warehouse locations for their Canna business start-ups.   Most of these people had a location identified and negotiated with landlords before applying for their i502 license(s), as was required, only to find that the location promised was no longer available.  Some of the landlords responsible for this unscrupulous fiasco were in a bit of a Green Rush themselves, and had promised the same location to several people.  In the end, there can be only one i502 Cannabusiness at a single address so someone, or some people, involved with these landlords got the shaft. Some landlords, knowing the market was tight, renegotiated the terms of the deal.  This left the i502 folks to decide which was worse, heading back into a highly competitive market with few options, or accepting the new blackmail terms.  A third set of landlords were pressured by surrounding businesses and/or residents to abandon the terms negotiated in good faith, or face the wrath of an angry mob, being forever labeled a landlord that rented to those peddling poison. My husband and I faced a similar battle with our own landlord.  We negotiated a deal in good faith with all the fine points agreed to and accepted, to draft our letter of intent submitted with our i502 application.  However, when it came time to sign the actual lease, suddenly the landlord was unsure he wanted to be part of this deal.  Funny because at the time of our Letter of Intent signing we were told they wanted to “bet on the right horse”...