Publicola has been covering the issue of where pot stores will be springing up now that Washington State has a law to make them legal. There are more than 80 stores with applications to be in Seattle.
In this thread, they show a map of where stores are proposed to be.
However: If you overlay Baker's map with the city's own map of the areas where pot stores are likely to be allowed—under Seattle rules pot stores cannot within 1,000 feet of schools, day cares, parks, and other public facilities—many of the applicants will be out of luck.
For example: A proposed store at 7th and
Union in downtown Seattle (Good Patient Network LLC); one at West Mercer
and 1st Ave. N. on Lower Queen Anne (Queen Anne Liquor and Wine); and one at N 49th Street and Stone Way in Wallingford (Iconic Inc.) would not be allowed.
Oddly, the map appears to indicate that a
proposed pot store at Fourth Ave. S. and S. Lander St., adjacent to
Seattle Public Schools' headquarters, is A-OK.
Capital Hill Seattle is reporting that City Attorney Pete Holmes may be considering loosen those buffers.
In a letter to the state’s Liquor Control Board, Holmes
called for a more than doubling in the number of retail store licenses
currently planned to be allocated in Seattle and a change in how the
board interprets the 1,000-foot buffer restrictions preventing marijuana
shops from opening near facilities like schools and playgrounds.
The issue appears to be the "as the crow flies" rule that would make it near impossible for a pot store on Capital Hill.
From Holmes' letter:
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
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
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
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.
Something to keep on your neighborhood's radar.