Olde Town medical marijuana dispensary denied

September 6, 2013

By Staff

NEW — 4:30 p.m. Sept. 6, 2013

A medical marijuana dispensary will not be allowed to open in Issaquah’s Olde Town neighborhood, the city announced.

The Peaceful Choice, a medical marijuana collective garden, submitted an application to open within the Issaquah Court Condominiums, a mixed-use building housing both residential and commercial units.

The city denied the application due to the site’s proximity to a nearby community center. The proposed collective garden would have been located within 1,000 feet of the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, which is considered a community center according to the city’s land use code.

The city approved an ordinance in 2011 forbidding collective gardens within 1,000 feet of a community center.

The regulations for medical marijuana operations are separate from the rules for recreational marijuana stores that are now under consideration.

The applicant may appeal the decision to the city’s hearing examiner.

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