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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, November 29, 2018
Jeremy Davis, Senior Planner-Community Planning and Economic Development Department, (360) 867-2103 or email at jeremy.davis@co.thurston.wa.us  

Public Hearing Scheduled to Consider Final Marijuana Regulations
Proposal is for Commissioners to adopt interim marijuana regulations as final regulations

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, December 11, at 3:00 p.m. to accept public testimony on final regulations for state-licensed marijuana producers, processors, and retailers. 

The Board will be considering making the current interim regulations permanent. The regulations in the four county zoning ordinances are not proposed to change from the November 2018 renewal of the interim regulations.  

What: Public Hearing on Final Marijuana Regulations 
When: Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Time: 3:00 p.m., or soon thereafter
Where: Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW in Olympia, 98502, Building One, Room 280, 

The interim regulations, as amended, which would be made permanent with the proposed action, added several chapters to the Thurston County Code, including Chapter 20.63, for the rural county, Chapter 21.103 for the unincorporated Lacey Urban Growth Area, Chapter 22.65 for the unincorporated Tumwater Urban Growth Area, and Chapter 23.91 for the unincorporated Olympia Urban Growth Area. 

You can view more detailed information about the proposal to extend the interim regulations and the full text of the proposed ordinance on the Thurston Community Planning website. 

Washington State licenses marijuana producers, processors and retailers under RCW 69.50. The state began to take applications for licenses on November 18, 2013. Thurston County did not have regulations governing such uses in its zoning regulations, and therefore passed Ordinance No. 14978 enacting interim regulations until final regulations could be considered. The interim regulations have been renewed thirteen times since November 2013.  

The public may submit written comments in lieu of testimony at the hearing. Written comments can be emailed to Andrew Deffobis, Associate Planner, at andrew.deffobis@co.thurston.wa.us, hand delivered, or mailed to: 

Thurston County Community Planning and Economic Development
ATTN: Andrew Deffobis
Thurston County Courthouse, Building One
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW
Olympia, WA 98502

The deadline for written comments is 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. County Commissioners may choose to approve the final regulations at the end of the December 11, public hearing, or they may request that staff make changes to the proposal following the public hearing and adopt at a subsequent County Commissioners meeting.

Disability Accommodations: Room 280 is equipped with an assistive listening system and is wheelchair accessible. To request disability accommodations call the Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator at least three days prior to the meeting at 360-786-5440. Persons with speech or hearing disabilities may call via Washington Relay: 711 or 800-833-6388.


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3