Seattle Cracks Down on Unlicensed Medical Dispensaries

January 1, 2015 – Unlicensed medical dispensaries, also known as “collective gardens” in Seattle are taking business from licensed recreational dispensaries and costing the City tax revenues. Demanding a license does no good because Washington state laws don’t provide for licensing of medical dispensaries. So the City is looking to solve the problem by requiring local licensing of medical dispensaries according to roughly the same state standards that apply to licensing of recreational facilities, including with regard to security, background checking, testing, packaging and advertising. Less stringent rules would apply to so-called Class 2 collective gardens that would be allowed to grow but not operate as dispensaries.

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