One of the most widely used arguments for recreational marijuana legalization is now being challenged as violation of federal law. A lawsuit recently filed in Washington asks whether Washington State can legally tax an activity that is illegal under federal law.
Sometimes big cities don't seem like the most welcoming places. In the Pacific Northwest, however, our cities offer much of the big city accessibility while maintaining a small-town quality of life. It turns out those welcoming qualities extend to small businesses, where both Portland and Seattle were recently rated among the top cities in the country for thriving small business.
The extremely limiting zoning requirements surrounding Washington's recreational marijuana law have been well documented here and elsewhere. To summarize, these zoning provisions are so restrictive that there are very few places in Washington that recreational marijuana sales will be allowed. Recently, it seems as if this problem has come to a head.
We've spent a great deal of time discussing the limitations of Washington's I-502 regulations, but it wouldn't be worth talking about if the recreational marijuana industry weren't extremely promising. Washington businesses looking to enter the market need look no further than Colorado to see that promise coming to fruition.
As promised in our previous I-502 Marijuana Law coverage, the recreational marijuana regulations in Washington continue to change. This time, what's changed is the limits on the area Producer licensees may grow marijuana.
For this entry in our I-502 Marijuana Law Series we'd like to highlight the potential tax benefits for entrants into the marijuana production and processing market.
Location, location, location. If you're thinking of opening any business, you'll likely begin by asking yourself "where?" For the first entry in our I-502 series, we'd like to shed a light on some of the zoning challenges the I-502 marijuana law poses for new businesses in Washington.