A King County judge has denied Mount Calvary Christian Center a temporary restraining order against Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop.
The church sought to temporarily shut down the marijuana store ahead of a harvest festival being held at the church’s teen center Friday at 6 p.m.
The church’s attorney, Karen Kalzer, said getting a temporary restraining order was a difficult proposition.
“It’s a tough standard to prove when the state should have been investigating the whole time,” she said.
Roger Townsend, an attorney for Uncle Ike’s, said the church wasn’t able to show that allowing Uncle Ike’s to remain open would cause irreparable harm to the church.
“There wasn’t a causal relationship between the requested relief — shutting down the store for two weeks — and concerns about a marijuana store,” he said.
The ruling would have prevented the pot store from operating for a few weeks, but doesn’t address whether the Liquor Control Board or the city of Seattle erred in allowing Uncle Ike’s to open. Last week, the church sued Uncle Ike’s as well as the city and the LCB, claiming the pot store was allowed to open despite being about 250 feet from a teen recreation center. It says the city and state did not perform due diligence.
The church and a community center have asked the court to revoke Uncle Ike’s license and direct the city to set up measures that would require communities to weigh in before potential marijuana stores are approved.
The lawsuit will be heard next month in King County Superior Court.
Eisenberg said last week that he “did everything by the book” in establishing his store.
“I followed the laws. I followed the city and state guidelines,” Eisenberg said.