September 30, 2015
NEW — 5:01 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015
Newly released data from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission shows that marijuana is increasing as a factor in deadly crashes.
The number of drivers involved in deadly crashes who tested positive for marijuana increased 48 percent from 2013 to 2014.
From 2010-2014, nearly 60 percent of drivers involved in fatal collisions were tested for drugs. Among those tested drivers, about 20 percent (349 drivers) were positive for marijuana.
However, just testing positive for marijuana doesn’t necessarily indicate whether a driver was actually affected by the drug at the time of the crash since marijuana can be detected in a person’s blood for days (possibly weeks) after a person uses the drug. This new data is able to distinguish between drivers who test positive for THC, the impairing substance in marijuana and those who have residual marijuana in their system from prior use that may have occurred days ago. Read more
September 1, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 1, 2015
In the first complete round of compliance checks of retail marijuana stores, 19 Washington recreational retail marijuana businesses sold marijuana to an underage investigative aide.
The Issaquah Cannabis Co. was not one of them; it passed its compliance check.
Washington State Liquor Control Board enforcement officers working with the aides checked each retail marijuana business for sales of marijuana to minors. The checks essentially represent an 88 percent no-sales-to-minors compliance rate.
“Our goal is 100 percent compliance,” WSLB Board Chairwoman Jane Rushford said in a news release. “While perfect compliance is always a challenging goal, it is clearly in everyone’s interest that our licensees be vigilant about preventing underage sales.”
August 14, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 14, 2015
In November, about 50 community leaders gathered in the YMCA Village Community Room in the Issaquah Highlands.
Several topics were mentioned but the one most seemed to think is on the rise in the Issaquah area and the Eastside is drug abuse, particularly marijuana and heroin.
Speaking at the November meeting, Mayor Fred Butler referred to the interrelated problems of what he called “DHM,” which stands for “drugs, homelessness and mental illness.” He added he probably has spent more time on those issues than any others.
“It touches on everything,” Butler said. “We are committed to trying to make a difference.” Read more
July 9, 2015
- A $145 golf cart was reported stolen at 9:32 a.m. June 26 from the 300 block of Northwest Dogwood Street.
- At 4:22 p.m. June 26, prescription medications worth $500 were reported stolen from the 900 block of 10th Placed Northeast.
- A $200 bicycle was reported stolen at 11:32 p.m. June 26 from the 300 block of Northwest Dogwood Street.
- At 8:23 a.m. June 27, someone stole $40 in outdoor lights from the 2500 block of Northeast Daphne Street.
- At 2:31 p.m. June 30, $30 in money from tip jars was reported stolen in the 6100 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast.
- A $200 bicycle was reported stolen at 6:04 p.m. July 1 from the 200 block of Northeast Birch Street.
May 27, 2015
Whether sneaking a glance at your phone screen during a red light or blasting the latest single on the radio, most students can admit that they have been exposed to distractions while driving.
It is also likely that such distractions were present with passengers in their cars.
April 22, 2015
Liberty High School student Ashton Herrild earned first place in the marijuana category for this “Dare” video. Learn more about the Issaquah Drug Free Community Coalition video contest here: http://bit.ly/1Hm2q3B.
April 22, 2015
Skyline High School student Autumn Maddux earned second place in the marijuana category for this “Influence the Choice Marijuana” video. Learn more about the Issaquah Drug Free Community Coalition video contest here: http://bit.ly/1Hm2q3B.
April 22, 2015
Skyline High School student Bennett Lees earned third place in the marijuana category for this “Artificial Happiness” video. Learn more about the Issaquah Drug Free Community Coalition video contest here: http://bit.ly/1Hm2q3B.
March 31, 2015
Results from a new survey show Issaquah School District students aren’t very different from students around the state when it comes to using alcohol, drugs, cigarettes and other behavior.
At a March 25 study session, district officials shared results of the 2014 Healthy Youth Survey with Issaquah School Board members.
March 25, 2015
Among student athletes, the pressure to do drugs, both recreational and performance-enhancing, may seem to run high.
However, the opposite is actually true. The pressure not to take part in drug use, due to strong punishments and repercussions, keeps athletes clean and less liable to the harmful effects of drugs.