SEATTLE -- Seattle City Council approved new marijuana rules Monday night, including limits for growing and selling pot within the city of Seattle. Washington voters legalized recreational marijuana use last year.
Under new guidelines, Seattle will allow pot farms between 10,000 and 20,000 square feet in most industrial areas zoned for growing weed.
This is a scaled-back ruling. The council originally was okay with a 50,000 square foot limit -- about the size of a football field.
There are also limits on grow operations in residential, historic and neighborhoods. For example, a person must have a 1,000 foot buffer between grow operations and places minors frequent.
Additionally, medical marijuana dispensaries must get a license to operate by January 2015 to sell legally in Seattle.
The council rules state that residents can grow up to 45 marijuana plants at home, but only with a permit from the state's Liquor Control Board and approved zoning.
But this new rule goes against state law which bans home growing. City officials reportedly said it is up to the state to enforce that rule.