Voters legalized pot.
No, it doesn’t mean that you can legally light up in a City park or get the behind the wheel after smoking marijuana.
But it does mean that adults may soon be able to grow, process and sell marijuana in Issaquah. (And, yes, smoke marijuana in the privacy of their homes.)
So, what’s next for us?
We’re deciding where people may be allowed to conduct the business of marijuana legally — and safely — for themselves and their neighbors. And we want to hear from you.
Initiative 502 already places some restrictions on where marijuana facilities could be located in Issaquah. That means at least 1,000 feet away from schools, playgrounds, recreation centers, child care center, public parks, public transit centers, libraries or game arcades that are open to minors. Issaquah is considering further restrictions, such as not allowing these facilities in residential areas. Here’s a map of the proposed zoning.
Before we finalize our proposed zoning laws for future growers, processors and sellers, there’s an extensive public process. Here’s how you can get involved:
• Talk to us on social media. Use #jointeffort14 to join the conversation.• Attend a public meeting. The next one is the City Council’s Land and Shore Committee meeting Jan. 14.
These new laws will be separate from Issaquah’s current medical marijuana regulations, which were approved in 2011.
For more information about local efforts, contact Associate Planner Jason Rogers. For more information on the state laws, visit the state Liquor Control Board online.