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.
A work session with the Board of County Commissioners has been requested to brief the Board on the public meetings and to request direction on how to proceed. Staff is working on some proposed code language, and it is expected that a draft version will be posted soon.
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.
Proposed code language will go to the Clark County Planning Commission and to the Board of County Commissioners in 2014.
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