Tumwater City Council Agenda Items for 9/24 Meeting
Recreational Marijuana Ordinance No. O2013-013
This is a briefing at this time for potential council consideration October 1st.
History and Facts Brief:
In the last general election, the voters of Washington passed I -502, legalizing recreational marijuana use and possession under certain prescribed amounts and allowed for the production, processing and retailing of marijuana. The Liquor Control Board (LCB) has been drafting rules to implement the initiative and expects to complete those rules and open a 30 day window for application beginning on November 18, 2013. The City Council has given general direction to prepare amendments to the zoning code to allow for the production, processing and retailing of marijuana. If Council members wish to review the initiative text and the draft rule text, they can be found at http://www.liq.wa.gov/publications/Marijuana/I-502/i502.pdf and https://lcb.app.box.com/proposed-rules respectfully. Both I-502 and the draft rules require a 1000 foot distance from schools, playgrounds, recreation centers, child care centers, public parks, public transit centers, libraries, and game arcades. This severely limits the location in which these uses can locate in Tumwater. In addition, no more than one retail outlet will be permitted in Tumwater according to the proposed Liquor Control Board rules.