With legal marijuana retailers opening in Washington this week, it won’t be long until Issaquah has a shop of its own.
The passage of I-502 in November 2012 prohibits public consumption of marijuana, as well as driving when under the influence of cannabis.
The initiative also set the limit at five nanograms of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC – the active ingredient in marijuana) per liter of whole blood for DUI, and Issaquah will follow suit.
In addition, the Issaquah City Council has adopted the city code to include an open container law. Just like with alcohol, if you’re in your vehicle, with a container that has been opened, i.e. the seal is broken and contents partially removed, you’re breaking the law.
The penalty for an open container of marijuana, or drug paraphernalia in the vehicle, unless it’s in the trunk, will be up to $250.
As far as consuming marijuana in public view, the council set the penalty at up to $103. But it’s unclear what is public view – for example, if you’re on your front porch.
“(There is) ambiguity on open sight, because you could be on your own property, and still be in the line of sight,” said council President Paul Winterstein.
No word yet on when Issaquah’s first retail store will open.