By Steve Elliott
A week after Washington state issued rules for its newly legal marijuana industry, Seattle is working on its plan for where cannabis growers and sellers will be allowed to do business.
The zoning law, currently under construction, will make residential areas, single-family and multi-famioly zones, off limits for pot businesses, reports Tim Haeck at MyNorthwest.com. Neighborhood commercial zones, as well as certain downtown zones and historic districts, will be off limits as well.
"It's our intent that we not have a concentration, not only in particular neighborhoods for that matter, we don't want a concentration in the city of Seattle," said Seattle City Council member Nick Licata. (Our question is, what would be wrong with a concentration of marijuana outlets?)
Licata said allowable locations include other commercial and industrial zones scattered throughout the city limits so as not to create a "pot zone" (hello, Aurora Avenue).
"We are not going through with a rubber stamp saying on a map these are marijuana districts," Licata said. "Eventually there probably will be a map produced that will show where marijuana enterprises can exist."
The original bill limited "marijuana manufacturers" -- growers, in the real world -- to spaces of 10,000 square feet, but that's too small, according to advisor Philip Dawdy, a longtime journalist and activist on the cannabis scene in Seattle.