Earlier today, we were informed of an amendment to the budget to take a $486,130 loan from the Equipment Rental and Revolving Fund, for the purposes of funding an enforcement team (Sheriff’s Department and Prosecuting Attorney’s Office) to close current, illegal marijuana shops. It has just passed 4-3. I did not support the amendment. Click here
if you want to watch the archived budget meeting. This particular legislation is probably close to four hours into the meeting.
The amendment creates the Marijuana Enforcement Fund. The primary source of repayment for the loan to fund the team is identified in the amendment as coming from marijuana excise taxes. If 2015-27s
passes, policies that restrict marijuana production, distribution and sales for unincorporated Pierce County would be reversed, making us eligible for collecting excise taxes on pot in 2017. We will become a haven for marijuana production, distribution and sales. Marijuana is prohibited
in Lakewood, Puyallup, Orting, Carbonado, DuPont, Steilacoom, Roy, Eatonville, Fife, Gig Harbor and University Place for a reason.