The city of Lacey expects to receive $27,500 in 2017 from shared pot revenue, city Finance Director Troy Woo told the City Council Thursday.
The counties and cities that are home to pot businesses throughout the state receive a percentage of those sales to cover pot enforcement costs.
That led Councilman Jason Hearn to ask whether that revenue matched the actual cost of enforcement.
Lacey Police Chief Dusty Pierpoint said the city has had no problem with its legal pot retailers, but police are still dealing with a pot black market.
“If you can buy it for half the price, some will continue to do that,” he said, adding that the city has recently had some violent crime tied to that market. “A fair amount of overtime and other resources have been spent on the (black market) the last couple of years.”
He said police also are dealing with the increased complexity of impaired driving, or what he called “drugged” driving.
“The amount of time to get blood draws and search warrants has increased,” Pierpoint said.
Here’s the bad news: Shared pot revenue is capped statewide at $15 million, Woo said, and there’s a chance the city won’t get the full $27,500 anyway.
The next legislative session is expected to be a difficult battle over revenue needed for the state to fully fund K-12 education. Woo said that could mean shared pot revenue gets put to another use.