February 27, 2013
In his six years in the Washington State House, 45th District Rep. Roger Goodman (D), has made a name for himself toughening driving under the influence laws, even winning a “legislator of the year” award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
But in documents submitted in Goodman’s ongoing divorce from his wife of 16 years, Liv Grohn, and in interviews, Goodman seems to admit to driving after using marijuana. These allegations concern a time period when even possession of marijuana was illegal.
In an Oct. 4 court filing, Grohn accuses Goodman of acting “with willful disregard for our children’s safety by repeatedly driving them while stoned.” Read more
December 15, 2012
New: Dec. 15, 2:41 p.m.
With the state still grappling with the implications of pot legalization, the Sammamish City Council elected not to rock the boat for a fourth time at their Dec. 11 meeting.
On a 6-1 vote, the council decided to extend a six-month moratorium on collective marijuana gardens, which were authorized under the state’s 2011 medical marijuana law. The law allows up to 10 medical marijuana patients to pool their doctor’s authorization and grow up to 45 marijuana plants. Read more
November 24, 2012
New: Nov. 24, 1:31 p.m.
Insert Cheech and Chong reference here.
Barring action from the federal government, Sammamish residents 21 years and older will legally be able to possess up to an ounce of marijuana Dec. 6. Read more
October 17, 2012
Despite decades of enforcement and untold millions of dollars, marijuana prohibition does not work.
Initiative 502 possesses the potential to clear the air and allow Washington to legalize small amounts of marijuana for recreational use among adults 21 and older. The ballot measure outlines a sensible plan for the state to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana. Read more
September 27, 2012
GreenLink Collective, a medical marijuana operation along Northwest Gilman Boulevard in Issaquah, reshaped attitudes and policies about marijuana in Issaquah last year. Patients and officials at the collective, the closest one to Sammamish, engaged in a long debate about access to a drug banned under federal law.
In November, Washington voters could further redraw the battle lines in the marijuana debate. Initiative 502 aims to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana for recreational users. The proposal goes a step beyond a 1998 measure to legalize medical marijuana in Washington and could set a national precedent. Read more
July 23, 2012
New: July 23, 1:34 p.m.
The Sammamish City Council renewed a temporary moratorium on collective marijuana gardens at their July 16 meeting, but stopped short of completely banning them.
This is the third time the council has passed the six-month moratorium in the hopes of buying time until the state and federal government resolve the legal limbo over the gardens. The state Legislature passed a law last year allowing up to 10 qualifying medical marijuana patients to grow up to 45 plants for medicinal use, but the federal government has threatened to prosecute state and local officials who approve such operations, since marijuana is not recognized as medicine under federal law and remains illegal. Read more
July 11, 2012
Sammamish medical marijuana patients – if they exist – may not have any hope of having a local dispensary soon.
The City Council is slated to consider an outright ban of medical marijuana dispensaries in city limits at their July 16 meeting. Read more
February 17, 2012
New: Feb. 17, 12:53 p.m.
The Sammamish City Council threw their support behind Gov. Chris Gregoire’s push to have the federal government reclassify marijuana – a potential step forward for its medical use.
By a 6-1 vote, the council voted to have Mayor Tom Odell sign a letter prepared by the Association of Washington Cities supporting the reclassification of marijuana as a “Schedule II” drug, meaning it has accepted medicinal uses. The federal government currently classifies it as a “Schedule I” drug, without medicinal value and on par with heroin and LSD. Read more
January 25, 2012
Councilman proposes supporting downgrade of marijuana’s classification in federal law
The Sammamish City Council extended a ban on collective medical marijuana gardens for six months at their Jan. 17 meeting, though the council is considering throwing its support behind Gov. Chris Gregoire’s efforts to lobby the federal government on the matter. Read more
September 14, 2011
The Sammamish City Council elected to maintain an emergency moratorium on collective medical marijuana gardens in city limits.
The council had unanimously approved the emergency moratorium at their July 18 meeting and was required to hold a public hearing on the matter Sept. 9. No one testified. Read more