Although medical marijuana has been legal for more than a decade, patients say they still have big problems getting it.
Now two men want to give Mountlake Terrace what you might call a "marijuana mart."
The business is called BUDS - Botanical Urban Dispensary Service. And inside, co-owner Todd Madison is ready to serve one of several varieties of marijuana.
"Each has its own effect. This might be better for pain. This might help you sleep better than this will," he said.
Madison and business partner Aaron Panagos are trying to establish a brick and mortar business that sells marijuana to patients who provide a doctor's authorization.
"That's the whole point. We don't want to it to be in some dark alley. We want to help people and run it officially," Panagos said.
Since the state legalized medical marijuana 11 years ago, there's still no reliable system for obtaining it.
Patients must grow it themselves or buy it from sometimes sketchy sources.
BUDS co-owner Todd Madison is ready to serve one of several varieties of marijuana.
BUDS recently obtained a state business license, but yesterday Mountlake Terrace denied a city license, saying the law does not allow for a storefront marijuana dispensary.
BUDS' owners argue that since they are medical marijuana patients themselves, they can carry and sell the drug legally.
Is Mountlake Terrace ready for its first marijuana merchant? Reactions are mixed.
"Oh my God - I don't think so," said one person.
"As far as marijuana - if it helps some people they should make it work," said another.
Today BUDS' owners said they think the law is on their side. They want to pay taxes and be responsible business owners.
They plan to appeal the city's decision denying them a business license.
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Author: CHRIS INGALLS
Copyright: 2009 NorthWest Cable News
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