The City Council will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at approximately 5:30 p.m., to receive public comment on the proposed 6-month extension of the current interim land use regulations for the production, processing, and retailing uses of recreational marijuana.
The current interim regulations expire on November 16, 2014, and if extended, would continue to be effective through May 16, 2015, allowing adequate time for the City to evaluate the operations and impacts of licensed marijuana businesses.
The public hearing notice is posted below:
Adoption of Interim Regulations
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. 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.
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:
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.