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Bill #:  5417

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Local government marijuana policies

Companion bill #: No Companion Bill.

Senate - CMTE - DEAD

Summary/AWC comments

SB 5417, an act relating to local government marijuana policies, is one of AWC's primary legislative priorities.

SB 5417 distributes thirty-three percent of all marijuana excise tax revenue collected by the state to cities and counties who have not banned the siting or operation of state licensed marijuana producers, processors or retailers.

Of the thirty-three percent allotted, fifty percent will be distributed to counties, cities and towns on a situs basis, or in other words, where marijuana licensees are physically located. Each jurisdiction will receive a share of this distribution based on the proportional share of the total revenues generated in the individual jurisdiction from the taxes collected by the state.

The other fifty percent will be distributed to counties, cities and towns for criminal justice purposes. This fifty percent will be distributed as follows:

Seventy percent on a per capita basis to counties; and

30 percent on a per capita basis to cities and towns.

Finally, SB 5417 changes the distance restrictions on marijuana producer, processor and retail businesses. Currently, licenses may not be issued for any premises within 1,000 feet of a school, playground, recreation center or facility, child care center, public park, public transit center, library or any game arcade where minors are permitted. SB 5417 allows a legislative body of a city or town to exempt certain land uses and the one thousand foot restriction, except in cases where schools are present, by declaring such an exemption is necessary to create enough potential locations within the city or town to allow a marijuana facility to be sited.

Latest version of bill:

Link to WA Legislative bill page

Official title:

AN ACT Relating to local government marijuana policies;


Rivers, Mullet, Dansel, Cleveland, Hatfield, Hill

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AWC Contacts

Analyst:  Jane Wall
Lobbyist:  Candice Bock

Issue Area

Law & Justice

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