In the 2015 legislative session, the State Legislature adopted legislation to combine the medical marijuana and recreational marijuana laws as it relates to retail establishments. As a result of this change, the State Liquor and Cannabis Board is proposing new regulations for retail marijuana stores and marijuana cooperatives, including the number of retail establishments that will be allowed in each city or county. Under the previous rule, Everett would be allowed to have a maximum of five stores. Under the new regulations, Everett would be allowed to have up to ten stores. Four stores are currently operating, and a fifth is in the permit process.
On March 1, 2016, Planning Commission held a public hearing and made a recommendation to City Council to limit the number of retail marijuana stores in Everett to five. Provided, the City review the maximum number of retail marijuana stores allowed before June 1, 2018, to determine whether this maximum number should be changed.allowing at least five, but potentially less than a total of ten stores in Everett. (Watch the Planning Commission Public Hearing)
On March 2, 2016, a briefing before City Council is scheduled, A City Council public hearing is scheduled on March 16, 2016 to take action on this matter, This meeting is scheduled at their regular meeting beginning at 6:30 pm in the William E. Moore Historic City Hall council chambers, 3002 Wetmore Avenue in Everett. The public is welcome to attend and provide comments for consideration by City Council.