Washington State Initiative 502 was approved by voters in 2012. It allows private, small-scale adult recreational marijuana use, subject to limitations.
The Washington Liquor Control Board (LCB) has developed rules for locating and operating recreational marijuana sales, processing and growing facilities, and is accepting license applications through December 20, 2013. The LCB will issue no more than six retail licenses within the Vancouver city limits.
Proposed facilities must comply with various operational and land use standards, and must be located at least 1,000 feet from the nearest schools, parks, playgrounds, libraries, day care facilities, recreation facilities and transit facilities.
Proposed facilities must also comply with local zoning and land use standards. Until new standards are adopted, the City of Vancouver has placed a moratorium on retail facilities and is limiting growing and processing facilities to the industrial zones. Proposed permanent standards for marijuana facilities will be reviewed at a Planning Commission public hearing on January 28, 2014 at 7p.m. at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. 6th Street. Planning Commission recommendations will be forwarded to the Vancouver City Council, which is anticipated to hold a public hearing in February or March 2014.
An initial public comment draft of proposed Vancouver recreational marijuana standards has been developed. It would create the following additional standards for local marijuana facilities beyond state licensing requirements:
For more information or to be put on a mailing list for future changes, please contact Bryan Snodgrass, City of Vancouver Department of Community and Economic Development. (360) 487-7946 email@example.com