City writing draft rules for general marijuana use
EVERETT - The city is writing local regulations for the general sale and production of marijuana and wants the public’s input.
Cities can create marijuana regulations in response to voters approving Initiative 502, which legalized marijuana use for people over 21 and allows the regulated retail sale of marijuana packages.
The city wants the public’s input at a planning commission workshop Tuesday, July 16 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Silver Lake Elementary, 12815 Bothell-Everett Highway. The commission is meeting at a different location than usual.
The planning commission is expected to make a decision at its Tuesday, Aug. 6 meeting at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 3002 Wetmore Ave.
The state Liquor Control Board approved proposed rules which, if enacted, would govern production, processing and retail marijuana sales. The rules are scheduled to take effect in September unless the U.S. Department of Justice stops the state. Under federal law, marijuana is illegal.
The rules include child-resistant packaging, warning labels, store signage requirements, and the allowance of outdoor growing operations.
The city will have its zoning rules finished this week. Planning director Allan Giffen said last week that it was too early to tell what will be in those rules.
The draft rules will be available on the city’s website after 4 p.m. on July 9 after press time.
The link is http://everettwa.org/default.aspx?ID=2128, and can be quickly accessed by searching the keywords “recreational marijuana” on the city’s website.
Mukilteo, meanwhile, plans to address its recreational marijuana zoning in September and October when the liquor board is further along with its regulations.
The zoning rules are separate from medical marijuana rules. Everett has already adopted rules for medical marijuana that restrict where they can operate in the city.
Everett’s law prohibits storefront dispensaries found in Seattle and other cities.
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