Council holds public hearing on pot rules Dec. 3
MONROE - The city is closing in on adopting regulations for recreational marijuana businesses.
The city has scheduled a public hearing on the rules for Dec. 3. After the hearing, the City Council will vote on an ordinance. The council has three options: adopt the interim regulations, temporarily extend the interim rules or place a moratorium on these types of businesses.
Should a moratorium be put in place, the city will not be accepting applications for marijuana businesses, senior planner Paul Popelka said.
The city’s desire to come up with regulations concerning recreational marijuana comes on the heels of the state Liquor Control Board releasing its final rules for the regulation of marijuana-related businesses.
Washington state voters passed Initiative 502 last November, which legalized marijuana use for adults. The initiative legalizes the marijuana industry in this state, which includes the production, processing and retail sale of the drug.
“Because the state has allowed it, we have to provide zoning for it,” city administrator Gene Brazel said.
The current interim regulations dictate where these businesses can locate in the city.
Production businesses are allowed in general industrial areas. Processors are allowed in general industrial and light industrial areas. Retail shops are allowed in general commercial and service commercial areas.
“Within these zones, these businesses can locate only within areas that are not subject to the 1,000-foot buffer from certain uses and facilities like schools, libraries, preschools, parks and so on,” Popelka said.
The current interim regulations were developed over the past spring and summer.
In August, the planning commission unanimously recommended that the council permanently adopt the interim regulations.
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