Tacoma City Council May Place New Pot Shops On Hold | The News Tribune

Now the state Liquor and Cannabis Board is considering a new wave of licenses that could double the number of Tacoma marijuana stores. Liquor board director Rick Garza said Tacoma could see another eight licensed stores as the agency selects established and well-behaved medical stores from a pool of applicants that have so far eluded official regulation. The latest round of licenses is spurred by the Legislatures move last year to bring medical marijuana shops under the regulatory framework built for recreational marijuana. In working to merge the two markets, the state Liquor and Cannabis Board has raised the statewide cap on marijuana retail licenses from 334 to 556. It distributed those extra 222 slots to areas without bans on pot businesses. Despite a pending moratorium, Garza said the agency plans to issue Tacomas full allotment of retail marijuana licenses. Those applications weve received, we will process those, Garza said. They (the businesses) will need to comply with the local jurisdictions (zoning laws). The citys moratorium is intended to allow the city Planning Commission time to suggest changes to the citys land use and nuisance laws. Tacomas current rules were written with the assumption that the city would have only eight stores and might need to be adjusted now that more are coming, city officials say. Theres been concern about aggregating marijuana stores and creating a pot district, Planning Commission chairman Chris Beale said.

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