Corrected version: A previous version of story incorrectly reported that licensed marijuana processors and retailers would be exempt from Seattle’s business and occupation tax. They would not be. Marijuana growers would not get a local tax exemption for farmers and agriculture in a proposal by Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes. In a letter to City Council members,…More
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In what he called an effort to make legal pot successful, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes urged state officials to change the way they measure the 1,000-foot distance between pot businesses and prohibited areas frequented by youth.
Holmes also called for the state to increase the number of pot stores allocated to Seattle from 21 to 50. And he asked state officials to give preference in licensing to existing medical-marijuana facilities that show they can comply with rules for the new recreational-pot system.
Holmes was a sponsor of Initiative 502, the legal-weed law approved by voters last year. He said he was making “all these suggestions for the simple reason that, as a sponsor, I want to see I-502 be a success.” Without a more liberal interpretation of the 1,000-foot buffer and without more stores, Holmes said, the state risks handing customers to the illicit market.
But a spokesman for the state Liquor Control Board, the agency implementing the law, said it would likely be awhile before Holmes’ ideas were adopted, if at all. “The board has considered the options in his letter” during 10 months of rule-making, said Brian Smith. He emphasized that the board had initially opted to measure the 1,000-foot buffer by “common path of travel,” which Holmes wants. But after adopting that rule, the top federal prosecutors in Washington state met with Gov. Jay Inslee and argued for stricter as the “crow flies” measurements.More
Concerned there might not be enough legal pot stores to meet demand in Seattle, City Attorney Pete Holmes asked the state Liquor Control Board to consider increasing the number of retail licenses in the city. The board has allocated 21 stores to Seattle in a plan similar to the way liquor stores were distributed around the state, before voters…More
A three-member state commission has affirmed a decision that the Seattle City Attorney’s acted properly when it ended a longstanding contract with a private law firm and instead opted to handle in-house much of the defense of police officers who need legal representation. The unanimous ruling by the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) panel, issued Thursday,…More
The city of Seattle embraces pot tourism and wants state regulators to consider allowing private clubs for visitors to consume marijuana in, according to a letter sent to state regulators by City Attorney Pete Holmes. Mayor Mike McGinn supports the letter. City Council President Sally Clark said the council has not formally approved it. “That’s not…More
A King County judge today granted a request to block the release of patrol-car video considered to be key evidence in an assault case brought against a Seattle police officer. Superior Court Judge Julie Spector issued her ruling after listening this morning to arguments by the officer’s attorney and a King County prosecutor on whether an injunction,…More
A veteran Seattle police officer pleaded not guilty today to an assault charge stemming from a confrontation with a handcuffed man who had assaulted the officer’s wife, also a Seattle police officer, during an incident in September.
Officer Christopher M. Hairston, 46, who entered the plea in Seattle Municipal Court, was charged with misdemeanor assault in a complaint filed April 3 by the City Attorney’s Office.
His wife, Officer Katie Hairston, and another officer responded Sept. 24 to a report that a person had passed out near Seattle Central Community College, according to the City Attorney’s Office.
The officers spoke to several people who were drinking alcohol, including one who assaulted Katie Hairston, the office said in a news release issued at the time the charged was filed. She was treated at a hospital for a head injury and scrapes to her hands and knees.
After her assailant had been placed in handcuffs, Christopher Hairston, a K-9 officer who had been on duty elsewhere, arrived at the scene. He allegedly walked up to the suspect and intentionally assaulted him, the release said.
No description was provided of Hairston’s specific actions. A police dashboard-camera video that captured the incident has not been released because of pending legal matters, including a potential civil suit.More
Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes said today that he will not abide by Mayor Mike McGinn’s request to step aside from representing the city in its negotiations with a federal monitor to reach an agreement on how to carry out police reforms. McGinn reiterated earlier today that he would not include Holmes in formal talks because…More
The tab for defending three Seattle police officers who in 2004 repeatedly used a Taser on a pregnant woman during a traffic stop is $424,616, according to the City Attorney’s Office. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider a final appeal of a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals opinion that found that police can be held liable…More