Kent takes strong stance on medical marijuana dispensaries

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by CHRIS DANIELS / KING 5 News

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Posted on June 8, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 8 at 6:59 PM

KENT, Wash. – Four medical marijuana dispensaries in Kent have been told to shut down or else.

“I feel blindsided by it,” said Charles Lambert, who owns the Evergreen Holistic Center, “Nobody knows what to do, this is brand new.”

The City of Kent sent the notice to Lambert this week, suggesting it will pull his business license, or he could face criminal prosecution for running the medicinal marijuana location on Central Avenue.

It all stems from the Governor’s recent veto of parts of a bill aimed at regulating dispensaries, that have left several cities and counties wondering what it legally means.

“There is no other option for cities, our hands are tied,” said Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke who issued the order. “The very act of dispensing marijuana is illegal unless you are dispensing it for one person.”

“We are essentially starting from scratch,” said Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, who is still reviewing the impact of the law. However, he is taking on stand on marijuana possession. “We’re already not prosecuting misdemeanor crimes, simple possession case, and we will not change that policy.”

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg’s office says he is still reviewing the language of the new law, and hopes to have an interpretation before the law goes into effect in July.
 

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