Though the effect of the feds' attempts to close 23 dispensaries in the Seattle area have prompted some to close, other dispensaries are planning on disputing their allegations and defending their rights as businesses.
KOMO reports that the Coalition for Cannabis Standards and Ethics held a closed door meeting with its members, who were vocally upset, frustrated and expressed fear over the letters from the Drug Enforcement Agency and the U.S. Attorney's Office. The letters demanded the affected dispensaries shut down and their landlords order them to vacate their storefronts.
The DEA claims the businesses are within 1,000 yards of schools, parks and other facilities meant for children. They've given the 23 dispensaries 30 days to close or face criminal prosecution.
John Davis, CEO of Northwest Patient Resource Center, defended the medical marijuana industry. He said, "We pay our taxes. We employ citizens of Seattle. We go to great lengths to make sure we are compliant with state law, and even going above and beyond."