Tacoma, Washington’s Medical Cannabis Task Force is currently working to finalize a draft of regulations for medical marijuana collectives in the city. The report is due by the end of April and will then be presented to the city Planning Commission and the Public Safety Committee. It will then go to the City Council.
The City Council will review the report, and based on public feedback they will determine which regulations they would like to implement for the city.
Some of the issues that will be addressed by the task force are where dispensaries can be located and how large they can be. In a draft of the plan, the task force outlined that medical marijuana collectives and growing facilities will not be able to be located within 1,000 feet of schools, churches, and day cares. Existing dispensaries may be grandfathered in, but will not be able to be closer than 500 feet to the aforementioned buildings.
In terms of the size, dispensaries that only dispense mariuana would be allowed to be up to 2,000 square feet. Collectives that dispense marijuana and also offer educational classes could be up to 3,000 square feet.
Another regulation addressed by the group is operating hours, which are proposed to be 9 AM to 9 PM.
There is currently a moratorium on collectives in the city while these plans are ironed out. The moratorium is set to end on August 1st.