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Medical marijuana storefront departs Preston; Black Diamond move is temporary, owners say
The Kind Alternative Medical Marijuana Collective in Preston has been temporarily shuttered since early August, after receiving a warning letter from the federal Drug Enforcement Agency.
The letters, sent to the operators and landlords of 23 medical marijuana facilities in western Washington, stated the operations had to cease immediately because of their proximity to school zones or drug-free zones.
A sign on the Kind Alternative’s windows stated that the facility was closing as a courtesy to neighboring businesses. Although the collective has closed its storefront, the operator said they have continued to make deliveries to patients. The adjoining Go’in Glass Lounge, which does not provide any marijuana, but sells pipes and other devices, and provides a patient-only area for consumption of marijuana, will remain open.
Collective operators hope to return to their Preston facility in the near future, as Seattle and unincorporated King County zoning laws are updated. Owners are continuing to rent the space for now.
They are also watching for the outcome of the November vote, which includes a ballot measure to legalize marijuana, Initiative 502. If the initiative passes, medical marijuana facilities would no longer be needed, but operators could apply to be licensed as marijuana retailers.