Seattle City Council to consider medical-marijuana regulation

The Seattle City Attorney’s Office is working on a proposal for medical-marijuana regulation in the city, since the state efforts came to a chaotic end. It appears on the agenda for next week’s Housing/Culture/Health Committee meeting (2 pm July 13th), but the proposal itself isn’t ready for release, according to the city attorney’s spokesperson, Kimberly Mills, who tells WSB, “We’re fine-tuning the ordinance and it will go up on the council site at midnight Friday. You’ll be able to get a copy at that time, and our office and council staff can talk about it early next week.”

9 Replies to "Seattle City Council to consider medical-marijuana regulation"

  • clark5080 July 7, 2011 (1:08 pm)

    All this seems counter productive. Change the Federal law first then nothing will get shut down

  • foy boy July 7, 2011 (1:42 pm)

    Clark is right. Until the law is changed at the federal level all this political posturing is just a waste of time. The city has alot bigger fish to fry. And it seems our city officals are telling us that it is ok to brake some federal laws and not others. After all aren’t we a country of laws and our city officals are supposed to lead by example? I belive the law needs to be changed but you can’t just break them when ever you feel like it. That would be anarchy.

  • Brandon Node July 7, 2011 (1:58 pm)

    It is about time. Being that the Federal and State governments have been unable or unwilling to address this issue, the responsibility, unfortunately is placed in the hand of local officials. I just hope they do it in a way that is responsible to our communities and those who are in need of this medication. I also hope the city council adopts severe penalties for those who profiteer the sick and dying to benefit there financial gain or in efforts to make marijuana legalized.

  • Bam July 7, 2011 (2:03 pm)

    When both federal and state leadership continue to fail the citizens they are elected and paid to serve what recourse is there? The City of Seattle council membership is just filling the leadership void our state and federal officials continue to demonstrate. Let’s see you wait on federal and state officials if you are diagnosed with a condition that medical cannabis can help with. Significant and real change starts locally, not nationally.

  • Cascadianone July 7, 2011 (3:11 pm)

    I disagree that we must simply do as the Federal Government says. The Federal Government must do what the PEOPLE say. Let the States and the cities of our nation be the cradles of evolving democracy, places for experiment. The Feds should give wide berth to this process and allow everyone to see the correctness or error of our ways… For years marijuana has been a minor infraction here in Seattle and I don’t think we are any worse for it. Let’s push the next boundary and test the hypothesis.

  • austin July 7, 2011 (3:54 pm)

    Federal law won’t change until states and municipalities challenge it. This is leading by example.

  • Paul July 7, 2011 (5:56 pm)

    anarchy? I am sure that’s how the federal government feels. You know our government used to mandate growing hemp until the big oil companies took over. We are all being duped while the fat cats deficate all over our Planet Earth

  • @mmjalert July 9, 2011 (9:42 am)

    It doesn’t appear to enact any new rules; points out that a bunch of extant law still applies. I like the vibe, but what does this do for anyone?

    • WSB July 9, 2011 (10:35 am)

      We’ll be asking that on Monday – read it ourselves yesterday and wondered if maybe it was a placeholder! – TR

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