On Monday the Seattle City Council will consider zoning regulations for the legal pot industry. This is the same proposal that's been kicked around for a year, so they may punt again, but as we near liquor board pot shop licensing, it seems the council will want to act before too many entrepreneurs lease commercial spaces.
The big change is that the big changes made last time were undone. The Port of Seattle and the Manufacturing Industrial Council absolutely do not want pot growers in their neighborhood, so the council intends to ban grows in the Industrial General 1 zoning. I complained about this in July, and was pleased to see the last revision had ditched the Port's pot grow prohibition request.
But the MIC and the Port of Seattle got their way in the latest draft, and once again the council intends to ban cannabis production facilities in one of the biggest blocks of contiguous land that can reasonably support such facilities. To visualize my point, I made a map. Councilmembers Bagshaw and Harrell are proposing amendments on Monday, and Harrell's would put the IG-1 back on the grow table.
The Seattle City Council meets this Monday, October 7 at 2 p.m. at 600 4th Ave. More info is available on the Marijuana in Seattle site.