Legal Cannabis Week #5
Everett cannabis zoning map released
Center for Legal cannabis has released a cannabis zoning map for the city of Everett. Despite unanimous public comment advocating the city not ban cannabis, Everett did just that last month, choosing to impose federal law as local law upon its citizens. Both medical cannabis and future legal cannabis businesses were banned; whether a city can reject I-502 seems an open question at this point.
Modifications to this map are still required; many of the cannabis-zoned parcels need to be disqualified as effectively not tenantable — parks or railroad or Boeing or schools. Feel free to opine on properties incorrectly colored; I'm only an email away.
Senator to introduce medical cannabis legislation
Washington State Wire reports:
"State Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, confirmed today that she is making plans to reopen the debate over the medical marijuana bill, SB 5073, that was partially vetoed by Gov. Christine Gregoire in 2011."
I found this sentence noteworthy:
"Kohl-Welles says the medical marijuana community must unite behind the changes before she introduces the bill."
The article goes on to say the Senator is working with the Coalition for Cannabis Standards and Ethics and other stakeholders to draft acceptable legislative language. CCSE holds a public meeting every second Thursday of the month at noon at CARE Wellness Center.
Not mentioned in this article, another collection of activists is working on an arrest protection bill. Calling itself the Cannabis Action Coalition, the group has been meeting just about every Sunday morning for the past six months at Access4Washington.
Week in review
The public radio show Marketplace has been covering Washington's new legal cannabis industry. Brendan Kennedy and Michael Blue, from Leafly and Privateer Holdings, were featured last week. Jake George from Greenlink Collective topped yesterday's piece.
Club 64, Colorado's first "cannabis social club" opened on New Year's Eve. Despite their press release claim to be the first such club in America, that honor goes to Frankie's, a downtrodden sports bar in Olympia at which I twice shot pool when I was a teen.
The Washington State Liquor Control Board packaged up the I-502 comments received to date into a 162-page PDF that I can't seem to find online. What use is being on their announcement list? Public comment about producer licenses will be accepted through February 10, 2013.
Israel not only allows for medical cannabis, they research its benefits, which may put them at the forefront of future global cannabis markets.
At least one Snohomish Valley farmer, Bruce King, might want to swap pigs for pot.
Despite being in the 1% of properties zoned for cannabis business, the Everett Naval Station issued a press release reminding sailors of the Navy's "zero tolerance" policy. And you thought any amount of tolerance was a good thing.
The I-502 documentary film Evergreen is entering post-production. Check out the extended trailer and, around the 1:58 mark, take note of the public view issue that may have caused one dispensary — Nebula 206 — to receive a federal raid notice.
Mendocino County is fighting to disallow a federal grand jury access to lists of medical cannabis growers licensed by the county government.
The federal government continues to imprison medical cannabis entrepreneurs in states across the country.
Illegal pot scars our environment and Reason Magazine thinks legal pot can better treat the planet.
Apartment owner Abode Management served Mercer Island tenants with lease addendums saying that all cannabis use, whether smoked or ingested, is now banned in their apartments. Alexander Aversano, an Iraq war veteran who eats his medical cannabis oil, may be evicted by the company. The Washington Landlords Association notes that the ban on orally-administered cannabis in one's home is not legal.
Backtracking a bit, we failed to suggest viewing the hour-long I-502 Webinar presented by Association of Washington Counties in November.
Also, while WSLCB announced in November that they will be seeking a cannabis consultant, I didn't see anyone point out that they posted an Administrative Regulations Analyst position on 12/12/12 at noon.
Cannabis business ideas
Juiced cannabis is a wonderful health food according to Dr. William Courtney. Interestingly, I believe most vegetative cannabis to contain under 0.3% THC, thus no longer qualifying as marijuana in Washington State thanks to I-502. This means someone — you, perhaps? — could serve juiced cannabis — or whole leaf, seeds or sprouts — in a new or existing food establishment without a pot license from WSLCB and without any other pot-specific state or local requirements.
Legal cannabis in Washington carries additional taxation — a 25% surcharge at the producer, processor and retail level. It makes tax sense for any producer to have a processor license as well. Dual licensing may allow one to effectively avoid one layer of cannabis taxation. WSLCB estimates the gram price of pot will be $3 from producers, $6 from processors and $12 retail. Such numbers would earn a producer-processor $6 gross revenue with a $2.25 tax bill. Now imagine a dual-licensee sets its producer price at $0.04/gram and its processor price at $6/gram. Such numbers would earn a producer-processor $6 gross with a $1.51 tax bill. That is a 33% tax savings for dual-licensees.