Everett Tries Again To Limit Retail Pot Stores

February 28, 2016

Everett, Everett Government

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How many marijuana stores is too many in Everett?

When an emergency ordinance to limit retail pot stores in Everett to the current five authorized locations failed to pass with a super-majority earlier this month, many thought that was the end of the argument.

Not Everett City Councilman Jeff Moore.

Moore has successfully persuaded the city council to have the planning commission take another look at recreational marijuana in Everett. That will happen Tuesday night as the first item on the planning commission agenda is this…

Public hearing to consider input on whether to limit additional retail marijuana stores in the city as a result of the 2015 Legislature that adopted legislation combining medical marijuana and recreational marijuana laws as they relate to retail establishments.

The Planning Commission has three basic options

1. Take no action
2. Not allow any additional marijuana stores
3. Limit the number to more than five but less than ten

The issue stems from the desire of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board to combine recreational and medical marijuana sales under one roof. That would lead to a doubling of recreational marijuana stores authorized in the Everett city limits from five to ten.

Moore, who lives in south Everett, contends the only area for growth for these additional recreational stores is in south Everett. Given there are currently more than a half-dozen stores within two miles of the south city limits in unincorporated Snohomish County (considered Everett by most people), Moore wants the planning commission to take another look at the city’s zoning for recreational marijuana.

While the planning commission can only recommend changes it will be up to the full city council to then hold three readings and a public hearing before a simple majority vote on any ordinances. If you’d like to speak for or against the issue the planning committee meets this Tuesday at 6:30 PM in the Everett City Council chambers at 3002 Wetmore in downtown Everett. The meeting will also be available on Everett TV and online.

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10 Responses to “Everett Tries Again To Limit Retail Pot Stores”

  1. MF Says:

    The only thing that has changed is the 200m in tax revenue in the last 18 months, MJ users have always been there and the income is a testament to that, prohibition does not work.

    Legalization was designed to capture taxes, and its doing a fine job at that. The Safety Commission Report is not accurate bc it has no prior data to reference but then neither does the link below, make your own choice on validity.


  2. Bourne Says:

    You need to educate yourself in what precisely the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission report concluded. Get back to us when you do.

    • Anon Says:

      You mean this:

      “Half of these THC-positive drivers were also under the influence of alcohol, the majority of those also exceeded the alcohol per se limit of 0.08 BAC.”

      • Diogenes Says:

        People were already driving while drunk, so the increase should not be attribued to alcohol. It could be the combination of both is worse than either one on its own.

    • Anon Says:

      I bet the year after Prohibition. The amount of traffic deaths increased significantly. I’m too lazy to look at the moment, how about you do it and get back to me?

    • Jim B Says:

      Nothing has changed except the tax, the 200m in revenue the last 18 months does not come from new potheads, just capturing what it was designed to do.


  3. Bourne Says:

    Fatal crashes involving marijuana doubled in Washington after legalization
    Sure, let’s have one on every corner. After all, the sweet sweet tax money keeps rolling in the more they sell.

    • anon Says:

      Want to talk some hypocrisy? That’s because fatal accidents in general went up 8 percent from last year. A lot of people smoke weed (legally or not) so it’s not a surprise when someone has it in their system when they’re in an accident. And it works in your favor to look smart when they skew the results. Half those accidents you mention also involved alcohol.

      I got an idea. Let’s pull all the booze from Safeway, QFC, and Albertsons. We can force a ban instead of politely asking the stores on the heavy traffic streets like Rucker, Colby and Broadway to stop selling mad dog and fourloko, because the inmates in our town like to get out and get themselves a drink.
      But I suppose drinking is socially acceptable in your double standards.

      They want to limit the amount of pot stores to 5. I can count 50 places that you can buy booze here in the city alone.

      It takes a joint to kick my nausea after reading your moronic posts. You are an poorly informed voter and an idiot judging by many of your other comments. Go back to sucking the government teat and reading the times.


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