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November 7, 2014 at 4:57 PM

In Seattle, the medical-marijuana industry is proliferating, but lacks oversight

John Johnson is a landlord who own's commercial retail buildings in Seattle's South Park where a medical marijuana grow operation is in full swing next door. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

John Johnson is a landlord who owns commercial retail buildings in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood, where a nearby medical marijuana grow is operating next door. Johnson wants the grow to move out. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

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.

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