Recreational Marijuana

What's New?

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:

City Council Public Hearing Notice - September 16, 2014

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.
Substitute Ordinance No. 28182 - November 5, 2013
Substitute Ordinance No. 28183 - November 5, 2013
Preliminary Mapping - By Council District - June 4, 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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    Dustin Lawrence
    (253) 591-5845