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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, January 2, 2014
Contact:
Mike Kain, Resource Stewardship Dept. Planning Manager at (360) 786-5471 or KainM@co.thurston.wa.us

Jan. 7 Hearing on Interim Marijuana Regulations
Interim rules control where marijuana can be grown, processed, sold

The Thurston County Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, January 7 to take public testimony on interim zoning regulations for state-licensed marijuana producers, processors, and retailers authorized by state law. The interim zoning regulations control where the legal marijuana can be grown, processed, and sold in unincorporated Thurston County.

The public is invited to participate in informed discussion, and testimony will be accepted at the January 7 hearing.


Background:
Washington State licenses marijuana producers, processors, and retailers under Chapter 69.50 RCW. The state began to take applications for licenses on November 18. Because Thurston County did not have regulations governing such uses in its zoning regulations, the county passed Ordinance No. 14944 enacting interim regulations on November 12, with the intent of completing final regulations within one year. State law requires a public hearing to be held within 60 days of passing an interim regulation. The interim regulations will expire on November 12, 2014 unless repealed or renewed.

The interim regulations amend the Thurston County Code to add Chapter 20.63 for the rural county, Chapter 21.103 for the unincorporated Lacey Urban Growth Area, Chapter 22.65 for the Tumwater Urban Growth Area, and Chapter 23.91 for the unincorporated Olympia Urban Growth Area. In summary, production is permitted in most zones that permit agricultural uses, processing is permitted in most zones that permit industrial or related uses, and retailing is permitted in most commercial zones, with some limits and exceptions.

For more details on the interim regulations, you can view the full text of Ordinance No. 14944 at www.thurstonplanning.org under the "News and Links" section. More information about the state's implementation of Initiative 502 is available at http://liq.wa.gov/marijuana/I-502.


WHAT: Public hearing on interim regulations for state-licensed marijuana
producers, processors and retailers


WHEN:Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: County Courthouse Building One, Room 152, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW in Olympia


For those unable to attend the hearing to testify, written comments will be accepted up to the close of the public hearing on Wednesday. Written comments can be emailed to Resource Stewardship Department Planning Manager Mike Kain at KainM@co.thurston.wa.us, or mailed to Thurston County Resource Stewardship Department, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia, WA 98502.



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County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3