March 4, 2014
As the regular legislative session draws closer to an end, 5th District policy makers gave an update to residents Feb. 22.
Democratic Sen. Mark Mullet and Republican Reps. Chad Magendanz and Jay Rodne welcomed the public to a Town Hall at the Issaquah Highlands Fire Station 73. There, they answered questions about bills hearing discussion in this session, bills that may come in the future and the general state of the Legislature.
Moderator William Shaw gathered questions from the audience and led the discussion, beginning with a possible transportation package.
February 20, 2014
NEW – 6 a.m. Feb. 20, 2014
Recreational marijuana businesses will have to wait until at least July to legally operate in Issaquah.
During its Feb. 18 regular meeting, the City Council voted unanimously to extend the current six-month moratorium on recreational marijuana businesses by four months. Instead of expiring March 3, the prohibition will last until July 7.
“The original agenda bill had the extension for two months and after meeting with city staff, we asked for it be extended to four,” said Councilman Tola Marts, also the chairman of the Land and Shore Committee, which recommended the extension to the full council. “Some municipalities are looking to extend the clock as much as they can. I don’t think that’s the purpose here.”
February 11, 2014
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.
February 6, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 6, 2014
The Issaquah City Council is hosting a public hearing regarding the proposed extension of the moratorium on recreational marijuana facilities originally adopted by Ordinance No. 2686.
The hearing will be during the regular council meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 18, in the council chambers, 135 E. Sunset Way.
Anyone interested may appear at the public hearing and be heard for or against, or provide comments regarding, the proposed moratorium extension.
Learn more by calling Jason Rogers, associate planner, at 837-3097.
December 31, 2013
Top news stories of the year
Many new things happened in Issaquah this past year and not all of them were greeted warmly.
While most people saw new parks and a new mayor as positive changes for the city, contention rose around new technology, new development standards, new fish ladders, new plastic bag ordinances and a newly legalized drug.
Much of what happened in 2013 spells more growth for Issaquah in the years to come and even more changes ahead. The year 2014 can learn much from the lessons taught by this past year of transformation.
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.”
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.