November 26, 2013
The Drug Free Community Coalition, in partnership with seven community organizations, presents the Legal Marijuana and Our Teens forum at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at Sammamish City Hall Council Chambers, 801 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish.
The program begins with an open house and presentation of the video “Marijuana and Teens,” produced by Mercer Island Communities That Care. At 7 p.m., a panel of Sammamish-area teens will start the forum with comments about the video and about marijuana legalization.
A Q&A follows at about 7:30 p.m.
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.
September 6, 2013
NEW — 4:30 p.m. Sept. 6, 2013
A medical marijuana dispensary will not be allowed to open in Issaquah’s Olde Town neighborhood, the city announced.
The Peaceful Choice, a medical marijuana collective garden, submitted an application to open within the Issaquah Court Condominiums, a mixed-use building housing both residential and commercial units.
The city denied the application due to the site’s proximity to a nearby community center. The proposed collective garden would have been located within 1,000 feet of the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, which is considered a community center according to the city’s land use code.
September 4, 2013
NEW — 11:01 a.m. Sept. 4, 2013
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.
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.
August 20, 2013
Issaquah’s administration is considering a moratorium on recreational marijuana licenses until the state figures some things out.
During the City Council’s regular meeting Aug. 5, an agenda bill was passed that outlined temporary moratorium on permitting production, processing and retail sales in the city. The Council’s Land & Shore Committee recommended it during its Aug. 13 meeting, which will initiate a public hearing on the subject during the Sept. 3 council meeting.
As the state’s Liquor Control Board continues to work on establishing permitting rules, the city along with many others including Olympia and Sammamish, has decided to wait until some time passes before it allows recreational facilities in its borders.
August 7, 2013
NEW — 12:56 p.m. Aug. 7, 2013
A medical marijuana dispensary looks to open in Old Town and residents are raising their voices in protest.
The Peaceful Choice, a medical marijuana collective garden, submitted an application that was completed on July 10 to open within the Issaquah Court Condominiums, a mixed use building housing both residential and commercial units.
Robin Brewer, President of the Issaquah Court Condominiums in the 100 block of 1st Place Northwest, is very concerned by an application making its way through the city that would allow for the dispensary to open its door on the building’s ground floor.
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.
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.