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.
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.
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.