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Council could add more regulations for recreational marijuana

The state’s Liquor Control Board will begin accepting applications for licenses to grow, process and sell marijuana in November and the board ruled Kitsap County could have 10 marijuana businesses.

Port Orchard councilmembers discussed adding more regulations on the drug than the proposed rules the Liquor Control Board is considering next month.

“While the proposed rules include some limitations to where these activities can occur, the city is in the position of deciding whether to further regulate the location through zoning,” Development Director Nick Bond said.

Proposed rules would make it possible to manufacture, process and sell marijuana with the city limits, Bond said.

Two of the potential 10 locations could be located in Bremerton and a third on Bainbridge Island.

Bond said it was unlikely the city would receive more than one store.

Under state law, companies are prohibited from producing, processing or selling recreational marijuana within 1,000 feet of day cares, parks, playgrounds, public transit centers, recreation centers, schools or arcades for people under age 21.

Bond said because of the zoning, there are few parcels of land available for recreational marijuana use inside the city limits. Most of the remaining parcels are governed by the state’s Shoreline Management Act and are water-dependent.

“If the city did nothing, processing could occur in industrial-type zoning areas or in retail,” Bond said.

City Attorney Greg Jacoby said marijuana could also be grown inside warehouses at an industrial area.

Bond said because a Kitsap Transit bus stop is near the entrance of the industrial complex located off Old Clifton Road, it would be unavailable for growing or processing marijuana. But he told the council they need to study the state’s definition of a transit center.

In November, the state will start accepting licenses to grow, process or sell recreational marijuana. Jacoby said he estimates the state would issue licenses early next year.

Bond and Jacoby will present a draft for zoning and land-use regulation to the Oct. 15 work session. The council could adopt the ordinance in November.

Last year, voters passed 1-502 that would legalize recreational marijuana. The U.S. Attorney General’s Office announced it would not sue the state to prevent implementing 1-502 and its proposed rules.

 

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