Mayor Ed Murray plans to propose a structure for medical marijuana regulation in January instead of this month said Jason Kelly, a spokesman for the mayor’s office. Councilmember Nick Licata will hold a hearing on the framework of the regulatory license on Dec. 10, but won’t be discussing specific bill language, said Kelly.
“Any city ordinance, including a regulatory license, needs to work in concert with state law. That’s an issue that’s more complicated. We need to do a little more work on that,” said Kelly.
Kelly said the mayor’s office is continuing to hold meetings with stakeholders. Those stakeholders include city officials, medical-marijuana industry leaders and City Council representatives.
He said the mayor’s office wants to “make sure people feel like they’re able to meaningfully contribute to the proposed ordinance.”
The mayor last week released an outline of his plans to regulate medical-marijuana in Seattle.
The plan calls for a new city license and standards for testing, packaging and advertising. Under the proposed system, business owners would have to get criminal-background checks. The city would inspect the businesses and be able to levy fines or suspend or revoke licenses for violations.