Pot's impact on Whidbey hazy | Part 1 of 3

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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.

Medical pot to eventually become recreational

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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.

City looks at ways to improve pedestrian safety

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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.

Freeland escrow company accused of bilking investors

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A Freeland father and daughter, both principal officers in an escrow company, are accused of conspiring to steal and commit Securities Act violations, according to court documents.

Coupeville Chamber holding Sip ‘n’ Shop

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In conjunction with Small Business Saturday, the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce is offering a chance to sip on local wine, dine on local appetizers and shop in the town’s variety of small shops.

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