Jim McCune

Dear Friends and Neighbors,


With four levels of “elected” governments (federal, state, county, city) to track, I know how difficult it is to stay abreast of the issues. The purpose of this e-newsletter is to share a feature of the county’s system to help you stay informed and save time, as well as to inform you of specific legislation for which many have asked to be updated.
 
We are finalizing the 2016 budget. The number for that ordinance is 2015-60. If you would like automatic notices when any action is taken on it, click on “Notify Me” (see example below) and fill in the blanks in the screen that pops up.

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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.
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It makes no sense to me to legalize pot in order to fund the closing of illegal pot shops. If you are interested in 2015-27s, be sure to register for updates using the Notify Me tool.

Sincerely,

Jim McCune
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