The Olympia City Council Tuesday will consider dropping recreational pot shops from its one-year ban on new marijuana establishments along with adopting new regulations.
A public hearing will be held on the matter at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Olympia City Hall, 601 Fourth Avenue E.
Council members will consider new rules on where state-licensed pot shops should be located and under what conditions they should exist, said Darren Nienaber, deputy city attorney.
The state recently wrote rules to regulate recreational pot shops in response to an initiative voters approved last year to legalize it.
Olympia adopted the moratorium in May "in part to the rapid proliferation of marijuana associated land uses without sufficient time for staff to analyze appropriate conditions of approval of such land uses," a city staff report says.
According the report, the proposed rules are:
· Cannabis-related uses would be required to obtain a conditional use permit, which the city's hearing examiner would review after a public hearing.
· Retail sales would only be allowed in the High Density Corridor-4 (HDC-4) and General Commercial (GC) zones.
· Production and processing of marijuana would be allowed only in the Light Industrial (LI) zone.
· Cannabis products could not be consumed on site.
· Retail hours are limited from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
· Associated uses, such as a dance venue, are prohibited.
· Cannabis-related uses must maintain a security system including video camera surveillance.
If the council adopts the regulations, "that part of the moratorium concerning recreational retail, production, and processing will be repealed," the staff report says.
However, all other new cannabis uses, such as medical collective gardens, would remain prohibited under the moratorium.