Center for Legal Cannabis

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Center for Legal Cannabis is a public policy think tank and project incubator advocating legal cannabis and less crime.

We support emerging cannabis industries with research, business consulting, advocacy support, technology development, and spirit. We fertilize and strengthen the ground underneath advocates and entrepreneurs.

Our work is just begun. We appreciate your interest.


Cannabis zoning maps

OCTOBER NEWSFLASH: Map Legal Cannabis is the new, paid version of our zoning maps. It includes I-502 buffers for King County, local zoning for King County, Snohomish County, Seattle, Bellingham and Bainbridge Island, with more data added every week.

Everett Medical Cannabis Zoning

Jan. 4, 2013: Everett medical cannabis zoning map released.


Seattle Proposed Cannabis Zoning

Dec. 19, 2012: Seattle proposed cannabis zoning map released.


I-502 Prohibited Licensing Zones

Dec. 13, 2012: I-502 prohibited licensing zone map for King County released. The map currently includes 5 of 8 layers listed in Initiative 502 Section 6(8).


Federal school zones in King County

Nov. 8, 2012: Federal school zone map for King County publicly released. The map currently contains 5 of 6 layers.


Working media may email us or call Ben Livingston at 206-335-9214. As of December 19, 2012 our work has been covered by KIRO 7 News, the Seattle Weekly, and mentioned briefly in the New York Times. Few media outlets have covered our work or shown these very compelling maps.


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Center updates

Apr 05 | Legal Cannabis Week #18

Liquor board targets private pot clubs
Legislative weed watch
Week in review

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Mar 30 | Legal Cannabis Week #17

Blair Butterworth, 1938-2013
This week's writing
Legislative weed watch
Week in review

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Mar 23 | Legal Cannabis Week #16

State picks pot adviser
Me(dia) requests
Legislative weed watch
Week in review

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Mar 15 | Legal Cannabis Week #15

Rulemaking update
Out-of-staters wanted for Stranger article
Legislative weed watch
Week in review

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Mar 07 | Legal Cannabis Week #14

Last rulemaking forum tonight
Let cops use pot, petition asks
Legislative weed watch
Week in review
Linkless news

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Mar 01 | Legal Cannabis Week #13

State rulemaking update
A.G. Holder mumbles on pot
Sponsor my web site
Legislative weed watch
Week in review

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Recent news

Oct 31 | Would-be pot producers run into obstacles in Washington state

SEATTLE — When Washington state voters legalized recreational marijuana a year ago, Jeff Stewart saw an opportunity: After all, he figured, it's the rare industry that's born overnight with proven demand and little competition.

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Oct 31 | Young entrepreneur shaping the state's pot business

Bill Gates made his billions with computers. Mark Zuckerberg did the same with Facebook. Alex Cooley has visions of perhaps making that list someday in a more nontraditional way. He grows marijuana.

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Oct 31 | Will Wash.'s legal pot taxes go to health care?

One selling point of Washington's new legal marijuana law was that a huge chunk of pot-related tax revenue would be devoted to health coverage for low-income residents.

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Oct 30 | It’s easier than expected to apply for a marijuana retail license, so why are entrepreneurs unhappy?

By the end of this week, Killy Nichelin and his team of partners will have spent four months and $35,500 in extensive preparation for their bid to open a retail marijuana store.

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Oct 30 | I-502: County Council Must Establish Clear Zoning Laws

Last November, the citizens of Washington State approved Initiative 502, the legalization of marijuana. The Liquor Control Board (LCB) has been meeting, studying, and hearing testimony in order for the state to have an orderly roll-out of this new law and have now released their regulations. Retail stores may not be within 1,000 feet of any elementary or secondary school, playground, recreation center or facility, child care center, public park, public transit center, library or arcade. (We have an amendment that will also include religious institutions.)

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Oct 30 | Greener marijuana: can a budding industry grow sustainable agriculture?

In a nondescript, unmarked warehouse in Denver's industrial outskirts, row upon row of marijuana plants – ranging from little cuttings to tree-like bushes – extend into virtual cannabis forests. A tropical atmosphere comes from carefully regulated humidity and lighting controls in each room, assisted by fans and vents.

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Oct 30 | Washington city returns six pounds of pot to patients

LYNNWOOD, Wash. — The city has returned 202 dead marijuana plants and six pounds of drying pot that was seized from a group of medical marijuana patients more than a year ago.

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Oct 30 | Obama’s War on Pot

In February 2013, three months after Colorado and Washington legalized recreational marijuana, a sullen Gil Kerlikowske, head of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), shared his regrets with the Canadian magazine Maclean’s. “The administration has not done a particularly good job,” he said, “of, one, talking about marijuana as a public health issue, and number two, talking about what can be done and where we should be headed on our drug policy.” People in mourning are given to melodrama, but Kerlikowske’s attempt to blame marijuana legalization on poor messaging was evidence of psychosis.

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Sean Cecil, Attorney     Canna Law Group