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Pierce County Council Committee Votes To Repeal Ban On Recreational Marijuana Stores


pierce county washington marijuanaRecreational marijuana sales began in Washington State in July 2014. Many municipalities and counties passed bans on recreational marijuana businesses. One of those counties was Pierce County, which is the second largest county in Washington State. Pierce County includes Tacoma, Washington, which has a population of roughly 200,000 people. The entire county is home to nearly 800,000 people. A lot of recreational marijuana would be sold if Pierce County lifted its ban, which would generate tax revenue, create jobs, and boost local economies.

Fortunately, a committee in Pierce County voted recently in favor of lifting the ban. Per The Joint Blog:

The Pierce County Council’s Community Development Committee has passed a proposal, sponsored by three of the council’s seven members, which would repeal the county’s ban on recreational cannabis sales.

The proposal, which is expected to be voted on by the full council in August, would repeal a law passed by councilors in 2013 which explicitly banned all recreational cannabis outlets, which were legalized by voters the year prior.

Hopefully the full council vote in August will be favorable. Banning an industry that sells a product that is safer than alcohol and cigarettes is illogical. Washington’s recreational marijuana industry rules are not perfect, but there are definitely people in Pierce County that would love to buy some legal recreational marijuana if outlets were allowed. It seems like a no brainer.

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  1. The text below is excerpted from the current version (2016/2017) of the Pierce County Code Chapter 8.72. My purpose is to make people aware that the laws stated here actually are the current law in Pierce County, in the state of Washington. It seems there is a lack of awareness of these laws.

    8.72.040 Mufflers. It is unlawful for any person to operate, or for any owner to permit any person to operate, any motor vehicle or motorcycle upon the public highways which is not equipped with a muffler in good working order and in constant operation.
    8.72.070 Exhaust System. It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any motor vehicle upon any public highway if the vehicle exhaust system exceeds the maximum permissible sound levels set forth below for the category of vehicle, as measured at a distance of twenty inches (0.5 meter) from the exhaust outlet under procedures established by the State of Washington in Washington Administrative Code Chapter 173-58-080, “Close Proximity Exhaust System Sound Level Measurement Procedure.” Motorcycles 99 dB(A)/Automobiles, light trucks, and all other motor vehicles 10,000 pounds or less 95 dB(A).
    8.72.090 Public Disturbance Noises. It is unlawful for any person to cause, or for any person in possession of property to allow to originate from the property, a public disturbance noise. The following sounds are public disturbance noises:…
    C. Frequent, repetitive, or continuous sounds from starting, operating, repairing, rebuilding, or testing of any motor vehicle, motorcycle, dirt bike, or other off-highway vehicle, or any internal combustion engine, within a rural or residential district, including vacant property adjacent thereto, so as to unreasonably disturb or interfere with the peace, comfort, and repose of owners or possessors of real property…
    F. Any loud and raucous sound made by use of a musical instrument, whistle, sound amplifier, or other device capable of producing or reproducing sound which emanates frequently, repetitively, or continuously from any building, structure or property, such as sound originating from a band session, tavern operation, or social gathering and which unreasonably disturb or interfere with the peace, comfort, and repose of owners or possessors of real property in the area affected by such noise…
    H. Public disturbance noise from portable or motor vehicle audio equipment: While in park areas, residential or commercial zones, or any area where residences, schools, human service facilities, or commercial establishments are in obvious proximity to the source of the sound, it is unlawful for any person to negligently cause, make, or allow to be made from audio equipment under such person’s control or ownership the following:
    1. Sound from a motor vehicle or vessel sound system, such as a tape player, radio, or compact disc player, which is operated at such a volume that it could be clearly heard by a person of normal hearing at a distance of 50 feet or more from the vehicle or vessel itself;
    2. Sound from audio equipment such as a tape player, radio, or compact disc player, which is operated at such a volume that it could be clearly heard by a person of normal hearing at a distance of 50 feet or more from the source of the sound;
    8.72.120 Enforcement… C. The Sections of this Chapter relating to motor vehicles and vessels and noise emanating from vehicles and vessels, shall be subject to enforcement proceedings with or without a citizen’s complaint.
    8.72.130 Violation – Penalty. A. Any person violating any motor vehicle performance standard of this Chapter, or who shall create, keep, maintain, or allow to occur any noise related to motor vehicle performance standards, as defined herein, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

  2. Pierce Co. is home to two large military bases Ft Lewis (army) and McCord Air Force base. They sit adjacent to Lakewood the second largest city in the county with 60K population. Lakewood bans all marijuana outlets including medical. While it is good news that the county may lift their ban Lakewood remains a bastion of pot prohibition. Lakewood is politically conservative with a large number of retired military living there. It seems likely that the presence of those two bases has a lot to do with pot politics in the area.

  3. Pierece county is retarted like montrose county here in colorado! A version of small town dukes of hazzard corruption! You go to vote for sheriff in this town and there is only one person on the ballot and it fucking says vote for one!

  4. Stacy Emerson on

    The CDC is made up of 5 of the 7 Pierce County Councilmembers:

    Rick Talbert (D)


    Derek Young (D)
    Vice Chair

    Connie Ladenburg (D)

    Douglas G. Richardson (R)


    Jim McCune (R)

    There are 3 D’s on the Pierce County Council, and 4 R’s. All 3 D’s sit on the CDC, and all three proposed the ordinance.

    It’s the R’s all along who proposed the ban, voted to approve the ban (they’re the majority), and will surely continue to do so when this goes before the full council.

    Final vote is Tuesday, June 2nd, and people who wish to make a statement, are encouraged to do so.

    Meeting info: http://online.co.pierce.wa.us/cfapps/council/iview/councilMeeting.cfm?meeting_dt=6/2/2015%203:00%20pm

    For those who cannot attend, you can send in an official statement via their onlne form. I recommend selecting “all” councilmembers, and to check Yes on the Response Requested box. And be SURE to refer to 2015-27s (the ordinance #) –

    To watch the CDC meeting, go here – http://online.co.pierce.wa.us/cfapps/council/iview/committeeMeeting.cfm?meeting_dt=5/27/2015%209:00%20am&committee_cd=cd

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