Edmonds City Council Tuesday to revisit options for marijuana sales

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The Edmonds City Council Tuesday night will again take up possible approaches for regulating the commercial sale of marijuana. A map of buffer zones required through Initiative 502, which legalized recreational pot use statewide, is above.

The council in August approved a six-month moratorium on acceptance of permit or business license applications for marijuana-related businesses. The idea was to allow time for the State Liquor Control Board to complete its rule-making, and for the city to explore whether or how to permit legalized pot in the city.

Since that time, the issue has been discussed in two council committees: public safety,  and parks, planning and public works.

Also before the council Tuesday:

– An update on a possible site for a Veteran’s Park in Edmonds.

– Continued discussion and possible action on proposed amendments to the proposed 2014 city budget

– You can see the complete agenda here. The public meeting starts at 7 p.m., but will be sandwiched between two executive sessions — one at 6 p.m. and the other at the end of regular business — on pending and potential litigation. The Council Chambers are in the Public Safety Complex, 250 5th Ave. N..

 

  1. The City Council’s Extended Agenda dated November 15, 2013 indicated that a Discussion regarding 2012 Audited Financial Statements and Council Oversight of Removing Receivables was going to be part of tonight’s Agenda. The related item may have been moved to the December 10, 2013 Finance Committee Meeting, but I’m not sure.
    The discussion and potential adoption of the Shoreline Master Plan (SMP) has been scheduled for tonight’s meeting on the City Council’s Extended Agenda since October 18th. The November 22, 2013 Extended Agenda now indicates that this item has been delayed three weeks to the December 17th City Council Meeting. The potential adoption part is not mentioned any longer, just discussion on December 17th.
    Does anybody recall discussion related to either of these changes during last week’s Council Meeting?

  2. In revisiting the marijuana discussion, yes, there are options for locating this new retail business. I understand that Council has a map showing many sites where the stores could be operate. And I also understand that many on the Council lean to the ‘dump it on Hwy 99’ solution. This is not acceptable for two reasons. First ‘Hwy 99’ is not the default solution in dealing with ‘undesirable’ social/business issues in Edmonds. This part of Edmonds is a place of neighborhoods, local business, parks, history, affordable housing, etc. We’re just like the rest of the City, plus providing significant tax revenues from our business community, to the good of the City. This fact, and the on-going work to bring improvements to the Highway, make clear that we cannot be the solution to every difficult social issue. And I’m sure that folks who contributed to, and voted for this proposal, would enjoy the fruits of their labor (and contributions). I think they’d want the stores located nearby so they can enjoy them as intended. This way the won’t have to drive to the ‘dreaded Highway’ for their purchase.

  3. Just posted a map that was included as part of the council agenda but I had been unable to access. (Thanks to City Clerk Scott Passey for providing a smaller file size.)

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