Seattle supports the “common path of travel” rule for measuring the 1,000-foot distance between retail marijuana stores and places frequented by persons under 21, City Attorney Pete Holmes said in a Dec. 3 letter to the Rules Coordinator of the Washington State Liquor Control Board.
Currently, the Board – relying on guidance from the U.S. Department of Justice – proposes using the “as the crow flies” measurement.
Holmes said the “common path of travel” rule is preferable because it “most accurately measures how minors might attempt to access I-502 licensed facilities,” a goal of both I-502 and the federal Drug Free Schools Act.
Also, Holmes said, in a dense city like Seattle, “as the crow flies” measurements rule out many locations for licensed dispensers. “We, too, want to keep licensed dispensers away from schools, playgrounds, and other locations identified in I-502, but this must be balanced with the equally important goal of supplanting the current illicit marijuana market with a sufficient number of I-502 stores.”
Holmes requested the Board award at least 50 retail licenses in Seattle; currently the number prescribed for the City by the state is 21.
On another I-502 issue, Holmes asked the Board to “give licensing preference to existing medical marijuana facilities that otherwise comply with – or demonstrate the ability to come into compliance with – I-502 requirements,” including application of the 1,000-foot rule.