Medical-marijuana businesses operate in a legally gray, loosely regulated climate. But Seattle’s approach with the industry could change soon. The mayor’s office plans to introduce a plan for licensing marijuana businesses. Some quick facts from the story:
- Just 45 of 300 medical-marijuana businesses on file with the city paid local business and occupation taxes in 2013, according to a recent policy memo from the mayor’s office.
- The city isn’t sure how many medical-marijuana businesses exist.
- Some medical-marijuana businesses are operating without proper permits, according to city records.
- The city sent letters out to about 330 marijuana businesses last month warning more enforcement could be coming.