Issaquah City Council passes marijuana open container law

July 15, 2014

Wait until you get home in Issaquah before opening your legal marijuana.

The City Council unanimously approved new regulations for the use of recreational marijuana during its regular meeting July 7.

The regulations adopt two provisions approved in the Initiative 502 referendum into Issaquah’s code. The two restrictions prohibit marijuana use “in view of the general public” and define driving under the influence of marijuana as having 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of the driver’s blood.

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July 8, 2014

Well, the first retail marijuana store opens this week. Like, for real. It’s really happening.

While I’m not much for pot, I do admit that I’ve found covering the state and Issaquah’s planning to enact Initiative 502 completely thrilling.

Reporter Bob Young at The Seattle Times this weekend posted a comprehensive FAQ regarding what retail marijuana will look like and what eager buyers can and cannot do with their legal grass. In the first question, he outlines a striking fact about Washington’s implementation of the initiative and why it took a year and a half before the first store opened.

“The short version: The state created something untested on the planet,” he wrote.

Peter Clark Press reporter

Peter Clark
Press reporter

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Issaquah could see retail marijuana by October

May 6, 2014

Recreational marijuana retail lottery results are in — and Weedhouse got the No. 1 spot.

After an independent process that took place April 21-25, the Washington State Liquor Control Board released the order in which retail applications will be processed May 2. Though Issaquah can only have one retail location, based on population, 21 prospective business owners applied for a license. The state winnowed that list down to 10.

At the top, aiming to locate at 225 N.E. Juniper St., is a possible business named Weedhouse.

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Advisory board tackles youth substance abuse

March 25, 2014

Although drug abuse is a widely discussed topic, few dig deeper into the underlying causes, the reasons why youths would start risking their health by using dangerous substances.

Today’s generation of teenagers are faced with unprecedented challenges on a daily basis: family conflicts, rigorous schoolwork, bullying, peer pressure and sky-high parental expectations, just to name a few.

Not knowing how to deal with and manage the stress and emotions that result from these issues often leave teenagers in a dangerous predicament.

Erika Kumar Skyline High School

Erika Kumar
Skyline High School

Viewing drugs or alcohol as the only way to cope with their distress, many young people practice this harmful behavior and put their lives at risk. Easy access to illegal substances and a lack of understanding of the effects drugs have on their developing bodies further push teens toward substance abuse.

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Liberty teens get candid about marijuana use

February 11, 2014

By Christina Corrales-Toy Liberty High School students (from left) Jenna Purkis, Neil Chakravarty and Ashton Herrild talk about the effects the legalization of marijuana has on teens at a Drug Free Community Coalition forum held at Liberty on Feb. 6.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Liberty High School students (from left) Jenna Purkis, Neil Chakravarty and Ashton Herrild talk about the effects the legalization of marijuana has on teens at a Drug Free Community Coalition forum held at Liberty on Feb. 6.

Not much has changed about the perception of marijuana among teens since voters elected to legalize the drug with the passage of Initiative 502 in 2012.

If anything, legalization has made the drug seem more acceptable, according to a group of Liberty High School students at the third and final forum hosted by the Drug Free Community Coalition Feb. 6.

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Marijuana grower eyes budding industry despite moratorium

December 10, 2013

Issaquah’s future marijuana economy could start with one man.

Despite a six-month moratorium on the production and retail of marijuana passed by the City Council in September, Issaquah-resident Lance Blanchard has applied for a state license to produce marijuana in the city.

“It’s been a long time coming, that this legislation was going to happen,” Blanchard said about the passage of Initiative 502 last year. “There is an opportunity here to become a different type of business. Small business is the backbone of our economy, and Issaquah is just perfect for that.”

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Feds respect state marijuana initiative

September 10, 2013

After almost a year of speculation, the United States Department of Justice has decided to defer to Initiative 502.

Though it maintains that marijuana remains an illegal drug under the Controlled Substances Act and federal prosecutors will continue to aggressively enforce the statute, the Department of Justice announced Aug. 29 that it would respect states that have legalized its recreational use in the 2012 election. However, it clearly stated that enforcement and regulation must remain a top priority.

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Council passes recreational marijuana moratorium

September 4, 2013

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The Issaquah City Council approved a six-month moratorium on recreational marijuana facilities Sept. 3.

The state has yet to decide on official rules for licensing the growing, processing and retail of recreational marijuana, as approved by Initiative 502. While the Liquor Control Board goes through the public revision process, the council, during its regular meeting, decided to wait for the state to decide on specifics.

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Marijuana use rules get redrafting after public input

August 27, 2013

Draft rules for recreational marijuana will need more public input Oct. 9.

After the Washington State Liquor Control Board filed its preliminary rules July 3 for zoning, production and selling of recreational marijuana in accordance with Initiative 502, it held several public meetings in August to gather feedback. Concerns given by the public led staff to recommend a revision of the rules to the board Aug. 13.

After five meetings, Brian Smith, spokesman for the Liquor Control Board, said the staff learned a great deal about what the public wants from official state guidelines as recreational marijuana enters the economy.

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Zoning planning begins for legal marijuana

July 30, 2013

Where should producing, processing and retail sales of marijuana take place in the city?

That’s the question the Policy Planning Commission began to answer during its July 25 public hearing. There, the zoning rules for future marijuana businesses were first unveiled.

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With the passage of voter Initiative 502 last fall, recreational usage of marijuana was legalized. The initiative called for the state Liquor Control Board to regulate the new market and set rules for permits. According to the agenda bill discussed at the public hearing, local governments still have control over establishing business practices.

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