Marijuana Regulations Up For Discussion Before Thurston County Commissioners

WASHINGTON: Thurston County residents will once again debate whether to extend recreational marijuana regulations that have been in place since November 2013.

The discussion will take place Tuesday at a public hearing held by the Thurston County Board of Commissioners. The hearing will start at 5:30 p.m. in Room 280 of the Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1.

Planning Manager Mike Kain said county staff will recommend that commissioners renew the interim regulations for another six months without changes. He said they’ve encountered few problems with the current rules.

“I can say I think it’s working pretty well, and for that reason we are not planning on making any changes,” Kain said.

Under the regulations, recreational production and processing are permitted in most zones that permit agriculture or industrial uses, and marijuana retail is allowed in most commercial zones. Medical marijuana, however, is unregulated.

Kain said the lack of medical marijuana regulations may generate some comments from meeting attendees.

“We may have some people asking us to incorporate medical marijuana into the regulations, or to enact a moratorium,” Kain said.

Customers Flock To Thurston County’s First Legal Marijuana Retail Store

WASHINGTON:  Thurston County’s first legal marijuana retailer opened for business at noon Friday, ready to make history.

At least 100 customers had lined up outside 420 Carpenter, located in an office complex at 422 Carpenter Road SE in the Lacey area.

“This should have been happening a long time ago,” owner Chad Champagne told the diverse crowd before sales began.

With a 5-gram limit, customers could choose from a handful of cannabis strains that were pre-packaged behind a glass display case. Outside the store, a DJ played songs by stoner icons like Bob Marley and Sublime, while Jimmy John’s offered free sandwiches and other munchies.

Lacey resident Mark Sampsell was the store’s first customer. Sampsell said he didn’t mind the inflated price of about $25 per gram, and said he appreciated the strict labeling requirements for each purchase.