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Sunday Spin: Medical marijuana laws growing hodge podge

OLYMPIA – Whether she realized it or not last spring when wielding her “partial veto” pen, Gov. Chris Gregoire has prompted a hodge podge of pot laws around the state and a fair amount of confusion among the cities.

In Seattle, where possession of a small amount of marijuana is less likely to bring public condemnation than drinking mediocre coffee, medical marijuana dispensaries are being told to register as businesses, pay their taxes, meet building codes and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. But be advised: No smoking laws apply to smoking medical marijuana, too.

In Spokane, dispensaries are being raided by federal agents. There is a city ballot initiative supporting medical marijuana on file with the City Clerk, although sponsors managed to miss all deadlines for making this year’s ballot.

In Ellensburg, people who want medical marijuana are told to get a permit, grow it in an indoor collective garden that can’t be observed from public places and not within 300 feet of schools and other “youth oriented facilities.”

Castle Rock and Shoreline have some temporary rules for collective gardens while Issaquah, Kent, Kirkland, Maple Valley, Snohomish and Tukwila have temporary moratoria on such operations. Pullman might go the moratorium route this week….