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Posted on: June 3, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Marijuana in Issaquah: New Rules Adopted

We’ve cleared the air surrounding marijuana rules in Issaquah.

After much thoughtful discussion, our City Council on June 2, 2014, set new rules about where adults can conduct the business of marijuana legally — and safely.

State rules are already in place to limit where marijuana businesses can 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.

In our rules, we've added further restrictions, such as not allowing these businesses in residential areas and requiring marijuana businesses to be at least 1,000 feet apart. To see where these businesses can operate, view our zoning map. To learn more, go to

Issaquah is allowed up to one recreational marijuana store under the Washington State Liquor Control Board’s rules.

Under state law, marijuana businesses won’t be allowed to sell anything other than marijuana, marijuana-infused products and marijuana paraphernalia. They also can’t be attached to another store. So, the big-box retailer down the street can’t dedicate a section to pot.

This process started in November 2012, Washington voters approved Initiative 502, which legalized marijuana for adults 21 and older.

These new rules are separate from Issaquah’s current medical marijuana regulations, which were approved in 2011.

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