City, State Trying To Figure Out What the Hell To Do With Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Should medical marijuana dispensaries in Seattle be grouped in one neighborhood – perhaps an industrial one like SoDo?

Should the pot shops allow people to use the product on site?

Should their windows be covered, or should passersby be able to clearly see what’s going on  inside?

The City Council will soon be grappling with questions like these, whether or not the state Legislature passes legislation clarifying rules for medical marijuana here.

On Wednesday a state Senate panel took testimony on Senate Bill 5955, the latest attempt to pass a comprehensive overhaul of Washington’s medical marijuana law. Voters made medical cannabis legal in Washington state in 1998, but it’s only been recently that dispensaries have been opening in cities across the state with almost no oversight.  For the most part, municipalities have looked the other way.