As we wrote about last week, the city council has established a “medical cannabis task force” to help form regulations for pot dispensaries in the city.
Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland has since named 11 members to the panel. The appointees include:
Laurie Jinkins, Washington state representative and Tacoma Pierce County Health Department deputy director
Stan Rumbaugh, Private practice attorney
Duane Wilkerson, Pierce County AIDS Foundation executive director
Patricia Lecy-Davis, Neighborhood business owner
Dr. Gregory Carter, Physician, Clinical Professor UW School of Medicine
Debbie Regala, Washington State Senator
McKenzie Allen, former police officer and former Citizen Review Panel member
Carol Owens, Safe Streets
Fred Scruggs, Tacoma Police Department
Dr. Bob Thiessen, oncologist
Don Meridan Medical cannabis patient, operator of Rainier Wellness Center dispensary
In all, the mayor heard from 20 to 25 people who expressed interest in serving on the volunteer committee, city spokesman Rob McNair-Huff said in an email today.
“Members of the task force were chosen based on their expertise, so that the group could have a rounded and informed discussion about the issues surrounding medical cannabis,” McNair-Huff wrote. “So most members are Tacoma residents, but some who bring special expertise to the group are not Tacoma residents.”
The committee’s chairperson has yet to be designated, he added.
Among other things, the new committee is expected by Oct. 15 to provide “balanced feedback and recommendations to the city manager to assist city staff in developing recommendations to the City Council regarding business licensing, health and safety and tax requirements,” according to the council’s resolution authorizing the task force last week.
The panel will also have authority to conduct public outreach upon request of the public safety committee, and will provide “advice and feedback” to the city’s planning commission in development of a “Medical Cannabis Policy Development” land use plan to be forwarded to the council Dec. 29.