Recreational Marijuana Interim Regulations

What's New?

The current interim land use regulations for the production, processing, and retailing uses of recreational marijuana are effective through May 16, 2015.  The City is in the process of evaluating the operations and impacts of licensed marijuana businesses and considering permanent regulations (see Recreational Marijuana Permanent Regulations). 

Interim Regulations Extended

After conducting a public hearing on September 16, 2014, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 28250 on September 30, 2014, extending the interim regulations for six months, from November 17, 2014 to May 16, 2015. 

Ordinance No. 28250 Extension of Interim Regulations - September 30, 2014 
City Council Public Hearing Notice - September 16, 2014

Interim Regulations Adopted

On November 5, 2013, the City Council adopted Substitute Ordinance No. 28182, which put in place Interim Zoning Regulations regarding Recreational Marijuana uses in the City of Tacoma.  The interim regulations would be effective for one year, from November 17, 2013 to November 16, 2014.

In addition, the Council adopted Substitute Ordinance No. 28183 which enacted companion provisions in the City’s Nuisance Code.  These two ordinances are provided below, along with an updated set of maps intended to help identify which areas of the City may be available for recreational marijuana uses based on the State’s adopted rules and the City’s adopted regulations.
Substitute Ordinance No. 28182 - November 5, 2013
Substitute Ordinance No. 28183 - November 5, 2013
Preliminary Mapping - By Council District - October 30, 2014

Interim Regulations Process

In response to voter-approved Initiative 502, the City Council initiated the process for the interim regulations on October 1, 2013, with the intent to impose the interim regulations in November 2013 to provide policy and regulatory guidance to facilitate the review, in a proactive and timely manner, of those marijuana license applications within the City limits that were expected to come forward in December 2013.  Posted below are some key documents that reflect the thought process and rationale during the development process of the interim regulations:

  • City Council Public Hearing Notice - October 22, 2013
  • Planning Commission Recommendation - October 16, 2013
  • DNS and SEPA Checklist for Marijuana Interim Regulations - October 3, 2013
  • Draft Marijuana Interim Regulations - October 2, 2013
  • Resolution No. 38743 Initiating the Interim Regulations - October 1, 2013
  • Marijuana Interim Regulations - Proposed Framework - August 14, 2013 Draft
  • Background

    Initiative 502 approved by Washington voters in November 2012 provides a framework for licensing and regulating the production, processing, and retailing uses of recreational marijuana.  The Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) is tasked with establishing rules and procedures to implement Initiative 502.  According to the WSLCB schedule, the State would begin accepting applications for all license types on November 18, 2013.  Below you will find some helpful links and relevant documents.
    Guidance Regarding Marijuana Enforcement - Department of Justice August 29, 2013
    Washington State Liquor Control Board
    WSLCB I-502 Adopted Rules - October 16, 2013
    WSLCB I-502 Proposed Rules FAQs - September 4, 2013
    WSLCB I-502 Proposed Rules Highlights - September 4, 2013
    I-502 Official Timeline - August 13, 2013
    I-502 FAQs
    I-502 Full Text
    Environmental Risks and Opportunities in Cannabis Cultivation - BOTEC Whitepaper, June 2013

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