Tacoma Council Begins Marijuana Code Process

WASHINGTON: Tacoma City Council approved two interim laws relating to recreational marijuana sales Tuesday night.

The city’s new laws, one for land use and another for its nuisance code, nearly mirror the state’s suggested laws for recreational marijuana growers, processors and sales.

State law says all marijuana businesses must be located at least 1,000 feet away from schools, playgrounds and parks, among other places children might be.

 

The marijuana faithful gather at Olympia Hempfest 2013

The marijuana faithful gather at Olympia Hempfest 2013

The council added detention centers or jails, rehabilitation facilities and courthouses to that list — but only for retailers. Marijuana growers and processors can locate within the 1,000-foot limit of those locations because those businesses would not be open to the public.

 

“Our job is not to find a way to ban it,” Mayor Marilyn Strickland said. “Our job is to find a way to make it work.”

 

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