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With Legal Marijuana Near, Zoning Concerns Researcher
By Steve Elliott ~alapoet~ in Dispensaries, News
Monday, November 26, 2012 at 11:52 am
Center For Legal Cannabis
Under Washington state's I-502, the Liquor Control Board will not license cannabis businesses that are within 1,000 feet of schools, parks, playgrounds, libraries, child care centers, recreation centers, public transit centers, and game arcades
Tuesday Lecture In Seattle Will Cover I-502 Prohibited Zones

In the wake of the historic voter decision to legalize cannabis in Washington state, licensed marijuana retailers may become a reality by December 2013. But good luck getting such a license in Seattle, said one researcher, with the zoning requirements put in place by Initiative 502.

"Nowhere will it be more difficult to site a licensed cannabis business than in urban areas, particularly in the Seattle metropolitan area," said Ben Livingston with the Center for Legal Cannabis, a newly formed "think tank and project incubator."

Livingston started mapping federal "school zones" two months ago after the DEA sent letters to dozens of medical cannabis businesses and their landlords, warning them to shut down.

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Curtis Cartier/Seattle Weekly
Ben Livingston of the Center for Legal Cannabis
"I want to know why the feds targeted some businesses but let alone others similarly situated," he explained. "And I want to illustrate that school zones cover 95 percent of Seattle, mainly to convince public figures that they can not logically support both school zones and safe access to cannabis."

Under I-502, the Liquor Control Board will not license cannabis businesses that are within 1,000 feet of schools, parks, playgrounds, libraries, child care centers, recreation centers, public transit centers, and game arcades.

Livingston will speak on the topic of "I-502 Zoning in King County" this Tuesday, November 27, from 12 noon until 2 p.m. at 821 2nd Avenue #800 in downtown Seattle.

Attendance is limited to 20 people, and tickets can be purchased for $30 at www.legalcannabis.us.

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