Distance from Restricted Entities

Per RCW 69.50.331(8) the board shall not issue a new cannabis license if the proposed licensed business is within one thousand feet of the following entities.

The distance will be measured as the shortest straight line between the property line of the potential location to the property line of the grounds of the entities listed below:

  • Elementary or secondary school;
  • Playground;
  • Recreation center or facility;
  • Child care center;
  • Public park;
  • Public transit center;
  • Library; or
  • Any game arcade (where admission is not restricted to persons age twenty-one or older).

Recent legislation allows local governments to reduce the 1000-foot buffer requirements to 100 feet around all entities except elementary and secondary schools and public playgrounds. 


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