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Skip Pohtilla continues to be amazed at how things tend to fall in place this time of year. With so many hands involved in pulling off an event the scale of the North Whidbey Community Harvest, one might expect a little panic to set in by mid November. With so many hands involved in pulling off an event the scale of the North Whidbey Community Harvest, one might expect a little panic to set in by mid November. But not so.
A handful of Oak Harbor and Coupeville high school graduates competed in collegiate athletics this fall, and none were more impressive than the cross country runners who helped their schools place among the country’s best in their respective national championship meets.
Washington authorized the medical use of marijuana on Nov. 3, 1998, creating a regulatory system that was completely separate from that for recreational marijuana. Sales figures for medical marijuana aren’t tracked or tallied because sales outlets are unregulated, said Mikhail Carpenter, a spokesperson for the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.
In November 2012, Washington state decided to “try a new approach” to recreational marijuana with Initiative 502, decriminalizing its use for residents 21 and older. Sales began in July 2014 in much of the rest of the state and three months later on Whidbey Island. Now, 1.5 years after legalization, we examine what effects, pro and con, legalization has had on Whidbey Island. Part 1 of this series looks at the law’s overall impact. Part 2 profiles a grower/processor, and part 3 profiles a retailer. We welcome readers’ feedback.
After school on a dark, blustery afternoon earlier this month, a 9-year-old boy was hit by a car walking home from Broadview Elementary.