Photo: Noexcuseradio; Edited: LW/TO
– Editor’s note:
I have posted many stories on the lack of county enforcement by their own regulations, the latest entry was August 18, 2018 titled: “Why are marijuana regulations designed to protect the public not enforced?”
I then questioned why was Thurston County’s White Star on a Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) marijuana retail applicants list when they are a Tier 3 Producer & Processor, since the WSLCB clearly states having all three licenses is not permitted: producer, processor, and retailer? Thurston County’s White Star has been a Tier 3 Producer & Processor since April 2016.
Hopefully, Thurston County will soon no longer be one of the last jurisdictions in the state operating on interim zoning regulations, the commission will vote on permanent rules, and will limit growing operations only in certain industrial or commercial districts, not in agricultural and rural residential zones.
– “Thurston commission might soon vote on permanent marijuana rules after 5 years of tweaks”
“Under the latest draft, businesses will be permitted only in certain industrial or commercial districts, depending on whether they are producers, processors or retailers.
Since 2013, the interim regulations have been renewed 13 times, most recently last month. In 2016, commissioners considered passing permanent regulations but held off to make changes in response to concerns from the public.
According to the Municipal Research and Services Center, Thurston County is one of the last jurisdictions in the state still operating on interim zoning regulations.
A public hearing on whether to make the interim regulations permanent is scheduled for 3 p.m. Dec. 11 in Building 1, Room 280 of the county complex at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW in Olympia,” by Abby Spegman, The Olympian.