Article by Mike Lewis, KIRO Radio via My NorthWest
The City of Seattle will once again push for legal marijuana delivery but this time for the entire state.
Expected to be introduced in Olympia within days, the legislation would allow pot deliveries across Washington but with restrictions on transport and branding. Last year, a city-backed bill to allow a pilot program for pot delivery in Seattle failed in the state legislature.
This year’s effort, written by City Attorney Pete Holmes‘ staff, attempts to removes the barriers to last year’s Seattle-centric bill while casting delivery as a boon to both public safety and pot tourism. Holmes said this is the next logical step in the legal marijuana industry and it potentially solves one public safety problem immediately.
“We know that people do drink and drive and smoke and drive and anything we can do to encourage them not to do that is harm reduction,” he said, adding that it also allows house-bound users access to medical marijuana and boosts sales for pot stores. “When you have visitors from out of town without private transportation, this is very much a marijuana tourism enhancing measure.”
Last year’s city-backed measure, HB 2368, would have limited deliveries to Seattle and to five registered marijuana retailers within city limits. Holmes said the legislative effort to carve that bill as narrow as possible left it nearly without substance.