Medical marijuana patients and supporters plan to rally Thursday in downtown Tacoma to protest city orders to shut down dispensaries.
The city issued the cease-and-desist letters but put appeals on hold while waiting for state lawmakers to clarify the law on dispensaries — but Gov. Chris Gregoire torpedoed their work last week.
The city is still waiting to see if lawmakers do anything in their 30-day special session. But it’s also moving ahead with a planned 9:30 a.m. Thursday conference call with dispensaries and their attorneys to talk about the appeals.
The protest starts at Tacoma City Hall at 9 a.m., just before the call. Owners of dispensary Tacoma Cross, which is helping organize the rally, said they expect a big crowd.