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Mayor Ed Murray’s office plans crackdown on marijuana-delivery businesses

Mayor Ed Murray’s office plans crackdown on marijuana-delivery businesses

December 10, 2014 at 7:56 PM Posted by Evan Bush

The city of Seattle plans to shut down marijuana delivery services, which became popular after the state legalized recreational marijuana.

David Mendoza, a policy adviser to the mayor, said in a city council briefing Wednesday that the mayor’s office will work with Seattle police on operations against these businesses. Delivery services — which are illegal — will get a single chance to stop operating, Mendoza told the council.

“One strike and we seize your product and tell you to close,” said Mendoza.

After a second strike, SPD will make arrests, he said.

Jason Kelly, a spokesman for Mayor Ed Murray, said the administration believes shutting down delivery services will help “ensure minors don’t have access to marijuana and to ensure medical marijuana operations are serving patients that have appropriate medical authorizations.”

Mendoza said in the briefing that between seven and 10 delivery businesses advertise in The Stranger each week. In the most recent issue, some businesses advertised with phrases like “NO CARD REQUIRED,” “Tourists Welcome” and “Out of State Visitors Welcomed.”

“They’re continuing to grow,” Mendoza told council members. “There is no provision for them. We feel we should close them down.”

John Schochet, the deputy chief of staff at the City Attorney’s Office, said the police department has the authority for this kind of operation.

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