Drug free coalition hopes to further goals despite marijuana store opening

February 17, 2015

Issaquah’s first and possibly only recreational — or, as some would prefer, “retail” — marijuana store opened Jan. 30 on Northeast Juniper Street.

The Drug Free Community Coalition, part of the Healthy Youth Initiative of the Issaquah Schools Foundation, heard some details on the opening of that store, the Issaquah Cannabis Co., at its monthly meeting Feb. 9.

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Issaquah marijuana store opens for business

February 3, 2015

Issaquah’s only recreational marijuana shop drew a crowd of exactly one when doors opened on the store Jan. 30.

Tucked away in a corner of Issaquah, the Issaquah Cannabis Co. more resembles a doctor’s office or a jewelry store than what one might think of as a marijuana store. The main counter consists of highly polished glass cabinets displaying different strains of marijuana buds or flowers, as well as oil concentrates.

Edibles, vaporizers and glass bongs, some of which resemble works of art, line the back walls of the carpeted, quiet store.

By Greg Farrar Issaquah resident Randolph Grove (left), a retired Marine and Vietnam veteran and Issaquah Cannabis Co.’s first paying customer, expresses surprise at the price of a package of marijuana offered Jan. 30 by general manager Clifford Gehrett. See more photos from the store’s opening day in the slideshow.

By Greg Farrar
Issaquah resident Randolph Grove (left), a retired Marine and Vietnam veteran and Issaquah Cannabis Co.’s first paying customer, expresses surprise at the price of a package of marijuana offered Jan. 30 by general manager Clifford Gehrett. See more photos from the store’s opening day in the slideshow.

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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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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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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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Public marijuana, open pot container laws could come to Issaquah

June 17, 2014

Sure, marijuana is legal now, but not for everyone at all times.

The Issaquah City Council Services & Safety Committee took steps in giving the Issaquah Police Department tools to enforce restrictions to recreational marijuana use June 2. The drug still remains illegal in many circumstances.

“We’d be adopting the state law that says it’s illegal to consume marijuana in view of the general public,” City Associate Planner Jason Rogers said about possible council action.

The same state law regulates the age of consumption to 21 and older, as well as criminalizes driving under the influence of marijuana.

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City Council approves recreational marijuana retail regulations

June 10, 2014

Retail marijuana will come to Issaquah.

After months of discussion and a moratorium installed in September, Issaquah will allow recreational marijuana business practices. The City Council voted on the administration’s proposed regulations during the June 2 meeting and agreed 5-2 to the rules that build on the established state restrictions.

“The proposed regulations would allow marijuana retail in all of Issaquah’s commercial areas — everywhere but the downtown zone,” City Associate Planner Jason Rogers said. “For the producers and processors, the intent was to limit them to our intensive commercial zone only.”

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Lobbyist update finds silver lining in legislative clouds

May 13, 2014

Issaquah’s Lobbyist Doug Levy tried to make legislator lemonade out of the lemons given in the most recent legislative session.

He presented a post-session update to the City Council during the April 7 meeting and found some positive things to say about a relatively uneventful session.

“My sum up of this session would be there were certainly not areas where we feel like there was any significant harm done,” Levy said. “It’s just that I would have liked to be able to report more progress to you. It was a little bit more of a running-in-place kind of session.”

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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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City Council divided as marijuana moratorium deadline draws near

April 22, 2014

Marijuana was the sole agenda item at the April 14 Issaquah City Council work session as the administration gave an updated presentation to the council.

Through the state’s definition of business rules and an ultimate lack of response from this year’s legislative session, the council has maintained a reflective stance on the future of recreational marijuana.

The council established a six-month moratorium in September and extended it again in February, as it explored how the city should extend the state’s base regulations or consider banning marijuana business practices all together.

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