Leah Naccarato (right), a member of the 30th District Democrats, checks election night results with community members. Haley Donwerth/staff photo

Leah Naccarato (right), a member of the 30th District Democrats, checks election night results with community members. Haley Donwerth/staff photo

Prop 1 that would allow cannabis retail in Federal Way appears to be failing in early results

The advisory vote will inform the Federal Way City Council about whether or not to allow cannabis retailers within the city.

Proposition 1 that could allow cannabis retailers to set up shop in Federal Way, appears to be failing in early election results.

Approximately 45% of residents voted in favor of the measure, while nearly 55% voted against it, according to preliminary King County Elections results on Tuesday night.

However, Yes for Prop 1 manager Allison Taylor said proponents are currently “super optimistic.”

“In reality, the people who vote late are the people who have long commutes, they’re the people who have small children, they’re the people who have busy lives,” Taylor told the Mirror during a Democratic gathering at the Scoreboard sports bar on election night. She is hopeful that more progressive votes in favor of the measure will flow in during the next couple of weeks.

Jack Walsh, a member of the con-committee and an outspoken advocate against bringing marijuana retailers to Federal Way, was very pleased with the initial outcome for Prop 1.

“[Community members] are more interested in the welfare of our kids’ than enrichment of an out of town pot shop owner,” he said at a celebration at Billy McHale’s on Tuesday night. “This shows that Federal Way can’t be bought.”

The advisory vote will inform the Federal Way City Council about whether or not to allow cannabis retailers within the city.

Federal Wayans advised the council to ban the stores in 2015. The council subsequently voted to ban the businesses from opening in the city.

Final King County Elections results will be certified on Nov. 26.


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