City of Everett to Declare Medical Marijuana a Nuisance, Provide Civil Penalties
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A new ordinance declaring medical marijuana a nuisance will be introduced to the Everett City Council this Wednesday. It’s just a briefing and the topic will likely undergo some serious public comment when its given a full public hearing on December 19th. According to the briefing papers for the council
the ordinance is in anticipation of the expiration of the emergency moratorium placed on medical marijuana gardens in Everett
that is set to expire on January 20th. The ordinance suggests the impacts of medical marijuana are likely to present issues of public safety, odor, public welfare and the protection of minors. As currently written it says the Everett City Council finds the production, manufacture, processing, delivery, distribution, possession or use of cannabis for medical purposes for which there is an affirmative defense under state law may be a nuisance by unreasonably annoying, injuring, or endangering the comfort, repose, health or safety of others; by being unreasonably offensive to the senses; by being an unlawful act; or by otherwise violating municipal regulations, federal law or state law.
The ordinance does not make any mention of I-502 which makes the possession of certain amounts of non-medical marijuana legal. That goes into effect the day after the Everett City Council gets its first briefing on this new ordinance.