Recreational marijuana store could open by month’s end

January 13, 2015

Due to state rules, Issaquah can be home to only one recreational marijuana store and that could open by the end of the month, according to store manager Cliff Gehrett and others.

In a Notice of Decision dated Jan. 8, city officials conditionally approved a site permit for the Issaquah Cannabis Co., which is aiming to open in second-floor retail space at  230 N.E. Juniper St.

By Greg Farrar A sign marks the future location of Issaquah’s only approved recreational marijuana store, the Issaquah Cannabis Co.

By Greg Farrar
A sign marks the future location of Issaquah’s only approved recreational marijuana store, the Issaquah Cannabis Co.

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2014 remembered for what went away

December 31, 2014

Annexations, retirements, plastic bags, development, a looming school closure, retail marijuana, bank robberies, the Concerts on the Green series, and business and occupation taxes made the list of the top 10 news stories of the year in Issaquah.

Here are those stories, in no particular order:

Klahanie-area annexation issue moves to Sammamish

Issaquah residents voted no, for the second time, on the city of Issaquah annexing the Klahanie area. The King County Growth Management Planning Council then unanimously approved the idea to move the Klahanie area from Issaquah’s Potential Annexation Area to Sammamish’s.

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Police blotter — week of Dec. 17, 2014

December 16, 2014

Malicious mail

At 10:32 a.m. Dec. 5, a resident in the 500 block of Mount Index Place Southwest reported someone caused $500 damage to a mailbox. Read more

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Police & fire

December 9, 2014

Marijuana possession

An Issaquah High School student was found in possession of marijuana at 11:26 a.m. Nov. 26. The juvenile was released to her mother at the school. Read more

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End-of-summer DUI patrols added throughout King County

August 22, 2014

NEW — Noon Aug. 22, 2014

King County law enforcement is putting extra officers on the road through Sept. 1 for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

The annual effort aims to keep roads safe during the last few weeks of summer from people driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

“Specifically, we want people to know that marijuana doubles the risk of a fatal crash,” Darrin Grondel, Washington Traffic Safety Commission director, said in a news release. “With new retail marijuana stores in the mix, we want to remind the public that prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as illegal and recreational drugs, can impair driving ability.”

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To the Editor

July 22, 2014

Editorial cartoon

About your Do Nothing GOP cartoon

Great cartoon in the July 9 edition. If we can just get rid of, and shut up, the obstructionist GOP, we could have a great one-party progressive country, where everyone is equal, and everyone thinks the way we are told to think by our great progressive leaders. Just one suggestion, maybe you should not make the father in the cartoon appear so stupid.

Greg Larson

Issaquah

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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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To the Editor

July 15, 2014

Heritage Day

Thanks to everyone who made it a success

The Issaquah History Museums was gratified by the wonderful community participation and volunteer support in abundant evidence at our 2014 Heritage Day celebration held in conjunction with the Down Home 4th of July in downtown Issaquah.

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Editorial: Be responsible with your marijuana

July 8, 2014

Marijuana.

No matter how you feel about it, it’s now legal to purchase and smoke it in the state of Washington. (Leave it to officials to sort out the federal vs. state issue, though at this point, no one has announced plans to crack down on people who take a toke.)

And although there is not yet a local place to make a purchase, 24 retailers in the Puget Sound area were granted licenses this week by the state Liquor Control Board.

A majority of voters wanted marijuana, and now we all have it. In order to turn that initiative and vote into a real win, people must be responsible with their pot.

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Insert marijuana pun headline here

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
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