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Council Bill Number: 117229
Ordinance Number: 123661


AN ORDINANCE relating to medical cannabis or medical cannabis products, and the regulation thereof within the City of Seattle.

Status: Passed
Date passed by Full Council: July 18, 2011
Vote: 8-0 (Excused: Licata)
Date filed with the City Clerk: July 21, 2011
Date of Mayor's signature: July 21, 2011
(about the signature date)


Date introduced/referred to committee: July 11, 2011
Committee: Housing, Human Services, Health, and Culture
Sponsor: LICATA
Committee Recommendation: Pass
Date of Committee Recommendation: July 13, 2011
Committee Vote: 4 (Licata, Clark, Harrell, Rasmussen) - 0

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Fiscal Note: Fiscal Note to Council Bill No. 117229

Electronic Copy: PDF scan of Ordinance No. 123661



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AN ORDINANCE relating to medical cannabis or medical cannabis products, and the regulation thereof within the City of Seattle.

WHEREAS, federal law prohibits the production, processing, and dispensing of medical cannabis or medical cannabis products, and strict sentencing guidelines enhance the penalties for violations of more than 99 plants or within 1,000 feet of school; and

WHEREAS, state law strictly enhances the penalties for violations of the Controlled Substances Act for violations within 1,000 feet of a school; and

WHEREAS, in 1998 the State of Washington approved the medical use of cannabis by patients with certain medical conditions and now several other states allow for the medical use of cannabis; and

WHEREAS, Washington law also permits patients to grow medical cannabis for their own use or to designate a provider to grow medical cannabis for them; and

WHEREAS, in 2011 the Washington State Legislature passed ESSSB5073 which permits collective gardens by qualified patients and/or their designated providers whereby they may, consistent with state law, collectively grow cannabis for their own medical use; and

WHEREAS, in 2011 the Washington State Legislature passed ESSSB5073 which permits cities to regulate and license the production, processing, or dispensing of cannabis or cannabis products within their jurisdiction; and

WHEREAS, in 2011 Governor Christine Gregoire signed into law some portions of ESSSB5073, described above, to take effect on July 22, 2011; and

WHEREAS, there are now numerous medical cannabis dispensaries within the City of Seattle, many of which comply with local laws and regulations and peacefully provide care to qualified patients; and

WHEREAS, the City of Seattle and Seattle voters, who enacted Initiative 75 on September 16, 2003, have made the investigation and prosecution of cannabis violations a low priority; and

WHEREAS, the City of Seattle expects the Seattle Police Department to continue to provide balanced and measured enforcement of established Medical Cannabis enforcement policy, in compliance with state and local laws; and

WHEREAS, based on an estimate that four to five percent of Seattle residents, like in other jurisdictions, are medical cannabis users, Seattle may have over 25,000 patients using medical cannabis; and

WHEREAS, the City of Seattle believes that the medical use of cannabis should be conducted in a safe and fair manner for the health, safety and welfare of the community; and

WHEREAS, the City of Seattle acknowledges federal prohibition but wants to respond to the changes in state law in a responsible manner that will minimize impacts on patients, providers, and the health, safety, and welfare of the community;

NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF SEATTLE AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1. The medical use of cannabis under Chapter RCW 69.51A shall be conducted in compliance with all local laws and regulations applicable to similar activities.

Section 2. Any manufacture, production, processing, possession, transportation, delivery, dispensing, application, or administration of cannabis, that qualifies as the medical use of cannabis under Chapter RCW 69.51A, shall not exempt any person from complying with requirements of any applicable law of the City of Seattle, including but not limited to:

A. The requirements to obtain a business license for engaging in business in the City of Seattle as set forth in Seattle Municipal Code ("SMC") 5.55.030, and to report and/or pay all applicable taxes and fees; and

B. Requirements of the City’s Land Use Code as set forth in SMC Title 23, including any and all requirements for land use permits; and

C. Requirements of the City’s Historic Preservation, Environmental Protection, and Noise laws as set forth in SMC Title 25; and

D. Requirements of the Building, Construction, Grading, Housing, Electrical, Plumbing, Fuel Gas, Boiler and Pressure Vessel, Plumbing, Fire, Energy and Stormwater Codes as set forth in SMC Title 22; and

E. Requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act; and

F. Requirements of the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health for food service and food handling as set forth in SMC Title 10; and

G. Requirements of the City’s Chronic Nuisance Property laws as set forth in SMC Title 10; and

H. Requirements of the City’s Street and Sidewalk Use Code as set forth in SMC Title 15; andI. Requirements of the City’s Fair Employment Practices regulations as set forth in SMC Chapter 14.04.

Section 3. The issuance of a business license pursuant to SMC 5.55.030, or the issuance of any other permit or license by the City, shall not be deemed as approval or permission from the City of Seattle to engage in any activity deemed illegal under any applicable law, nor shall it constitute a determination by the City that the manufacture, production, processing, possession, transportation, delivery, dispensing, application, or administration of and use of cannabis engaged in by the licensee or permittee is either legal or illegal under state or federal law.

Section 4. The medical use of cannabis shall not exempt any person from complying with any no smoking law.

Section 5. The open use and display of cannabis is prohibited by RCW 69.51A.060.

Section 6. Community members seeking to complain about non-emergency problems at a medical cannabis facility in their neighborhood may do so by contacting the City of Seattle Customer Service Bureau. Emergencies and crime in progress should be reported to 9-1-1. Regulatory agencies should report non-compliant owners, operators and properties to the City of Seattle Code Compliance Team or similar interdepartmental code enforcement work group to insure a coordinated and thoughtful City response.

Section 7. This ordinance shall take effect and be in force 30 days after its approval by the Mayor, but if not approved and returned by the Mayor within ten days after presentation, it shall take effect as provided by Seattle Municipal Code Section 1.04.020.

Passed by the City Council the ____ day of ________________________, 2011, and signed by me in open session in authentication of its passage this

_____ day of ___________________, 2011.

_________________________________

President __________of the City Council

Approved by me this ____ day of _____________________, 2011.

_________________________________

Michael McGinn, Mayor

Filed by me this ____ day of __________________________, 2011.

____________________________________

Monica Martinez Simmons, City Clerk

(Seal)

Darby N. DuComb/Kieu-Anh King LEG-LAW Medical Cannabis ORD 15 July 2011 Version #8b

Form Last Revised: May 2, 2011 5

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