Public Workshop on Permanent Marijuana Rules in Everett, WA Set For Tuesday

February 9, 2015

Everett, Everett Government

I 502 in Everett

Everett is looking at making permanent changes to recreational pot rules.

Should Everett open the door to large scale producers and processors of marijuana within the city limits? They’re currently allowed in unincorporated Snohomish County. Should Everett allow marijuana retailers to locate within 2500 feet of one another as taverns are currently allowed? What should the permanent marijuana laws in Everett look like? Tomorrow night, (Tuesday Feb. 10th) the Everett Planning Commission is holding a public workshop on recreational marijuana land use issues under I-502. Everett’s first retail marijuana store opened just 5 months ago and there are now a total of three open in the city. One more has applied to open but is hampered by current zoning rules and another is under construction. Everett is allowed 5 retail marijuana shops under current State law. That number may increase in the future and now that Everett has at least a little data, the city wants to move forward with a permanent ordinance. The Everett City Council has spoken out in favor of following the wishes of voters who approved I-502 by a 57% margin in the city but council members have also expressed sympathy for neighbors who have had issues with marijuana stores and their operations. If you’d like to weigh in on the issue the planning commission will be taking public testimony at the workshop. It will be held in the Everett City Council Chambers at 6:30pm Tuesday evening. There is a lot of informative reading material in the attachments the Everett Planning department has provided for the Planning Commission. You can read it here. It’s a big PDF and will take a minute or two to download. If you can’t attend you can view the meeting on Everett TV on your cable system or online. This workshop is just the first step in the process to make a permanent ordinance which will have to be approved by the Everett City Council.

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