A public hearing before the Board of County Commissioners is scheduled for Tuesday, May 27, at 10:00 a.m. at the Public Service Center building, 6th Floor Hearing Room, 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver.
A Planning Commission work session was held on March 6. The Planning Commission public hearing was held on March 20. The Planning Commission recommendation is below.
Proposed code language and corresponding maps:
The Board of County Commissioners held a public hearing on February 11 on extending the moratorium on marijuana facilities. The original moratorium would have expired on February 13. The Board extended the moratorium until June 11, 2014.
Initiative 502 (I-502) was passed by Washington voters in November of 2012. The initiative requires the Washington Liquor Control Board (LCB) to adopt regulations regarding the growing, processing, and retailing of marijuana and related products. These regulations went into effect on November 16, and they are codified in Chapter 314-55 of the Washington Administrative Code (WAC).
The LCB will license facilities to grow, process, and retail. More information about the licensing process can be found on the LCB website: http://lcb.wa.gov/marijuana/I-502. It is expected that the state will begin issuing licenses in March of 2014.
The state handles the licensing of marijuana facilities, but it is up to local jurisdictions to decide where and under what conditions such facilities will locate and, to some extent, operate. Four public meetings were held in November to engage the community in discussions about where marijuana-related facilities should be located. About 50 people attended the meetings. Most were interested in where the three types of marijuana facilities will be allowed to locate.
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