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Tukwila to get one marijuana store; council OKs city's regulations
Tukwila will get one retail store where someone can sell marijuana, under rules the state proposed Wednesday
And the Tukwila City Council decided on a 5-1 vote Tuesday where that store will go, generally speaking, in one of two zones in the southern industrial area of the city.
The action came after a debate about whether the council should delay approval of an ordinance spelling out where marijuana can be produced, processed and sold in the city.
Uncertainty has hung over efforts by Tukwila and other cities statewide to regulate marijuana because the state had yet to propose rules that will help govern the state's system to produce and retail the now-legal drug.
Those state rules were proposed Wednesday and state Liquor Control Board will hold hearings, with final approval expected in November.
The City Council majority decided that the city has spent sufficient time reviewing the regulations and that amendments to the regulations are possible as new information is learned.
The number of retail stores each city will receive was based on population; Tukwila has about 19,000 residents. Whether someone actually applies for the store license isn't known now, although interest was expressed for a potential retailer at Tuesday's City Council meeting.
The state also has 11 "at-large" licenses available for marijuana retailers that could be used anywhere in King County.
Renton has nearly 91,000 residents and was allocated three retail stores as was Kent with about 92,400 residents.
Here are details of the state's proposed marijuana regulations, as provided by the Washington State Liquor Control Board:
Key public safety elements
Public safety is the top priority of the Washington State Liquor Control Board.
• All grows must meet strictly controlled on-site security requirements;
• Strict surveillance and transportation requirements;
• Robust traceability software system that will track inventory from start to sale;
• Criminal background checks on all license applicants;
• Tough penalty guidelines for public safety violations including loss of license;
• Restricting certain advertising that may be targeted at children.
Key consumer safety elements
The proposed rules provide a heightened level of consumer safety that has not existed previously.
• Packaging and label requirements including dosage and warnings;
• Child-resistant packaging for marijuana in solid and liquid forms;
• Only lab tested and approved products will be available;
• Defined serving sizes and package limits on marijuana in solid form;
• Store signage requirements to educate customers.
Revisions to the rules
Below are selected highlights found in the revised rules.
• Limits the total amount of marijuana to be produced at 40 metric tons
• Sets the maximum amount of space for marijuana production at two million square feet
• Creates three production tiers based on square footage
Tier 1 – less than 2000 square feet
Tier 2 – 2000 to 10,000 square feet
Tier 3 – 10,000 to 30,000 square feet
Market control limits
• Limited any entity and/or principals within any entity to three producer or processor licenses
• Limited any principal and or entity to no more than three retail licenses with no multiple location licensee allowed more than 33 percent of the allowed licenses in any county or city
On-Site product limits
• Established the maximum amount of marijuana allowed on a producer licensee’s premises at any time based on the type of grow operation (indoor, outdoor, greenhouse)
1,000-foot buffer measurement
• Changed the way the 1,000-foot buffer is measured from to “along the most direct route over or across established public walks, streets, or other public passageway between the proposed building/business locations to the perimeter of the grounds of the entities listed”
• Added a definition for “plant canopy” to clarify what area is considered in the square footage calculation for marijuana producers
• Revised the definition of “Public Park” to include parks owned or managed by a metropolitan park district. Clarified that trails are not included in the definition of “Public Park ”
• Revised the definition of “recreation center or facility.” Added the language “owned and/or managed by a charitable non-profit organization, city, county, state, or federal government”
• Added language requiring all advertising and labels of useable marijuana and marijuana infused products may not contain any statement or illustration that is false or misleading.
In addition to the revisions to the rules, the board also identified the number and allocation of retail stores. Per Initiative 502, the WSLCB applied a method that allocates retail store locations using Office of Financial Management (OFM) population with a cap on the number of retail stores per county.
Using OFM population data as well as adult consumption data supplied by the state’s marijuana consultant – BOTEC Analysis Corporation – the board allocated a maximum of 334 outlets statewide. The most populous cities within the county are allocated a proportionate number of stores and at-large stores available to serve other areas of the county.
• Dec. 6, 2012, Effective date of new law
• Sept. 4, 2013, File Supplemental CR 102 with revised proposed rules
• Oct. 9, 2013, Public hearing(s) on proposed rules (time and location TBD)
• Oct. 16, 2013, Board adopts or rejects proposed rules (CR 103)
• Nov. 16, 2013, Rules become effective
• Nov. 18, 2013, Begin accepting applications for all three licenses (30-day window)
• Dec. 1, 2013, Deadline for rules to be complete (as mandated by law)
• Dec. 18, 2013, 30-day window closes for producer, processor and retailer license applications
One or more public hearings on the proposed rules will be scheduled soon. The WSLCB will post the dates and locations on its website at www.liq.wa.gov