Washington state counties and cities that are home to a marijuana retailer received the first revenue distributions from the state this week to help pay for the cost of pot enforcement.
For Lacey, the city will receive $17,451, or about $4,350 per quarter, for fiscal year 2016, said Lacey Finance Director Troy Woo.
Woo mentioned the enforcement revenue on Thursday during a Lacey City Council work session discussion about the city’s 2016 budget.
The money received by the city is based on a percentage of the pot retailer’s sales, he said.
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As for marijuana enforcement action taken to date in Lacey, most of it has been for impaired driving, said Lacey Police Chief Dusty Pierpoint. Arrests for possession have been insignificant, he told the council, and police haven’t had any problems with the city’s first store.
That store, which is called Lucid, opened in December at Little Prairie Center near College Street and Yelm Highway. Another pot store, 420 Carpenter, would appear to be based in Lacey, but it’s actually in unincorporated Thurston County.
A bigger problem is kids getting access to medical marijuana, Pierpoint said.
“And we’re not getting any money from that,” he added.
Under Initiative 502 — which ushered in a new era of legal marijuana use — the county was granted a maximum of 11 retail pot licenses: six in the county, two in Lacey, two in Olympia and one in Tumwater.