Archive | November, 2012

Legal Marijuana in Everett, What You Need to Know

November 30, 2012

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mj leafWith the passage of I-502, possession of certain amounts of marijuana becomes legal next week. The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office has published a list of frequently asked questions about what is and isn’t okay in unincorporated Snohomish County. Here it is for your reference…

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office has released and posted the following information to assist the agency’s officers and staff, as well as the public, to clarify the impact Initiative 502 (I-502) may have in Snohomish County:

Legalization of marijuana possession for adults 21 and older: On December 6, 2012, adults age 21 and older may legally possess the following:

•One ounce (28.3 grams) or less of marijuana;
•Sixteen ounces of marijuana-infused product (in solid form);
•Seventy-two ounces of marijuana-infused product (in liquid form);
•Possession, use, and sale of marijuana-related drug paraphernalia will no longer be a crime or civil infraction.
•Until the State comes up with licensing guidelines there is no legal way for people to legally obtain marijuana, except for medical marijuana recipients.

Possession of marijuana exceeding legal amounts: Despite the legalization of certain amounts of marijuana for adults age 21 and older, the following remain criminal offenses:

•Possession of between 28.3 grams and 40 grams of marijuana will continue to be a misdemeanor crime;
•Possession of more than 40 grams of marijuana continues to be a Class C felony crime;

Possession of marijuana by persons under the age of 21: Possession of any amount of marijuana by a person under 21 years of age will remain a crime.

Manufacture and distribution of marijuana: While possession may be legal in some cases, the manufacture, sale and/or delivery of marijuana will continue to be a crime.

Displaying or consuming marijuana or a marijuana-infused product in view of the general public is a class 3 civil infraction. Similar to the consumption of alcohol in public, consuming marijuana in public will be illegal. This includes National Forest lands.

Legal definition of marijuana: The law added language to the definition of marijuana. Any part of the cannabis plant (whether growing or not), with a THC concentration greater than 0.3 percent of a dry weight basis is considered marijuana.

The laws regarding medical marijuana remain unchanged: Under RCW 69.51A.040, a qualifying patient or designated provider may possess no more than 15 cannabis plants and:

•No more than 24 ounces of useable cannabis;
•No more cannabis product than what could reasonably be produced with no more than twenty-four ounces of useable cannabis; or
•A combination of useable cannabis and cannabis product that does not exceed a combined total representing possession and processing of no more than 24 ounces of useable cannabis.
•If a person is both a qualifying patient and a designated provider for another qualifying patient, the person may possess no more than twice the amounts described above, whether the plants, useable cannabis, and cannabis product are possessed individually or in combination between the qualifying patient and his or her designated provider.

Amendments to impaired driving laws: SCSO deputies and officers can take a person suspected of driving under the influence of marijuana into custody and to a nearby hospital for a blood draw to measure THC levels.

RCW 46.20.308 (Implied Consent Warnings):
•After December 6, 2012, a person driving upon Washington’s roadways is presumed to have given consent to a test of his or her blood for the purposes of determining THC concentration.
•If an officer has reasonable grounds to suspect the driver is driving or was in actual physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of marijuana, the officer will read the implied consent warning for blood and request the driver to submit to a blood draw.
•The Impaired Driving Section (IDS) has revised the implied consent warning for blood draws.

RCW 46.61.502 (Driving Under the Influence) and RCW 46.61.504 (Physical Control of a Vehicle Under the Influence):
•RCW 46.61.502 (Driving Under the Influence): After December 6, 2012, a person is guilty of driving under the influence if he or she at the time of driving has THC concentration of 5.00 ng/mL or higher within two hours of driving as shown by a test of the person’s blood.
•RCW 46.61.504 (Physical Control of a Vehicle Under the Influence): After December 6, 2012, a person is guilty of being in physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence if: (1) the person had actual physical control of a motor vehicle; and (2) the person has, within two hours after being in actual physical control of a vehicle, a THC concentration of 5.00 ng/mL or higher as shown by an analysis of the person’s blood.

RCW 46.61.503 (Driver Under Twenty-one After Consuming Alcohol or Marijuana):
•After December 6, 2012, a person is guilty of driving or being in physical control of a motor vehicle after consuming marijuana if: (1) the person is under the age of 21; (2) the person is driving or in actual physical control of a motor vehicle; and (3) the person has a blood THC concentration over 0.00 ng/mL but less than 5.00 ng/mL within two hours after driving or being in physical control of the motor vehicle as shown by an accurate test of the person’s blood.
•Impairment is not an element of this offense.
•Offense must occur in officer’s presence.
•Must have individualized probable cause that the driver consumed marijuana.
•Must use implied consent warnings.

Impacts in the Sheriff’s Office Workplace: I-502 does NOT legalize marijuana use in the workplace. It also does not alter employment conditions of the employer. The Sheriff’s Office drug policies will remain unchanged and all SCSO Office employees are bound to the constitutional, criminal, and civil laws of the city, county, state and federal government.

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Lighted Boat Parade on Everett Waterfront Saturday

November 29, 2012

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lighted boat paradeAnnual tradition brings dozens of lighted boats between Everett and Mukilteo…

The Port of Everett has scheduled Holiday on the  Bay for  2-5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1. The traditional event includes a  tree lighting, choir music, Santa Claus, and gingerbread cookie decorating  for the children. The evening is capped with the lighted boat parade, an  annual tradition for the area boating clubs.

The day begins early with a Pancake breakfast, hosted by Fisherman’s Market & Grill and benefiting Imagine Children’s Museum. The breakfast is at  the grill at 9 a.m. It’s followed by a Children’s Art Show from 11 a.m. -2  p.m.

The Port is hosting free kids gingerbread cookie decorating, complete with a movie showing of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” The decorating runs from 2-4 p.m. and is followed at 4 o’clock with the tree lighting ceremony. The Mariner High School Choir will provide the music. Santa will show up about the time the yacht clubs of Everett, Mukilteo and Dagmar’s Landing, as well as the Milltown Sailing Association, gather at the marina for the annual lighted boat parade. Boaters from the area will light up their crafts in holiday splendor and travel from the Port of Everett to Mukilteo.

The Port festivities will be held downstairs in the Waterfront Center, with the tree lighting and ceremonies to occur at Fisherman’s Tribute Plaza, west of the center.

For more information, visit www.portofeverett.com. Families are  encouraged to register for the cookie decorating fun at the Port’s website  at ../home/index.asp?page=324.

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Everett Off Leash Dog Parks Closed Due to Parvo Concerns

November 28, 2012

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Everett dog parks

Got this press release from the City of Everett late Wednesday afternoon. You may want to share with any dog owners you know…

The City of Everett Parks and Recreation Department is temporarily closing its three off-leash dog areas as a precaution to the recent outbreak of the Canine Parvovirus in King County.

The off-leash areas will be closed until further notice. The off-leash dog areas are:

Howarth Park, north beach area,1127 Olympic Blvd

Loganberry Lane Park, wooded path at the end of 18th Avenue West

Lowell Park, fenced area north of the tennis courts, 46th Street and S. 3rd Avenue

Recent media reports indicate that veterinarians in King County have been warning pet owners about an alarming spike in the number of parvovirus cases in King County.

The decision to close the off-leash areas in Everett was made because the potentially deadly parvovirus spreads easily, is very hearty and can live in untreated areas for long periods of time. The city also received an unconfirmed report of a handful of possible illnesses after visits to city off-leash area.

The virus can shed for up to two weeks prior to the dog showing any signs of illness and can contaminate the ground, feeding dishes, collars, leashes and the hands and clothing of people who handle infected dogs. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration and lethargy.

For more information on the virus, contact your local veterinarian.

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Everett Transit and Local 883 Stuff a Bus for Kids

November 28, 2012

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Stuff a bus in Everett

Click the bus to visit the VOA Stuff-A-Bus Facebook page

The annual Stuff-A-Bus campaign is underway. Here’s the official Press Release from the City of Everett…

The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 883 and Everett Transit has kicked off its Annual “Stuff a Bus” campaign to collect toys and food for community members in need this holiday season.

The ATU and Everett Transit are collecting toys and food to benefit Volunteers of America, a local charity that works with families in need located in the Everett community.

Participate in the following ways:

Drop off new, non-violent themed toys and donations at the Fred Meyer store located at 12906 Bothell Everett Highway between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturdays Dec. 1, Dec. 8 or 15 and Sunday Dec. 9 or 16.

Drop off items between now and Dec. 14 at the Carl Gipson Senior Center, 3025 Lombard Ave. in Everett and Everett Transit’s customer service center, located at Everett Station, 3201 Smith Ave. in Everett.

In addition to collecting toys and food items, the ATU Local 883 also donates $1,500 toward the cause.

“Our Everett Transit workers set a positive example for each of us during the holiday season with their annual Stuff a Bus event,” Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson said. “Giving and sharing in this way makes our community stronger.”

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Fallen Officers Food Drive Continues Thru Thursday in Everett Area

November 27, 2012

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The drive continues thru Thursday. Please donate if you’re able.

Just a reminder that there are numerous places to drop off donations today for the Fallen Officers Food Drive…

The annual Fallen Officers Food Drive is a commemorating event started by the Lakewood Police Department in 2010 to honor the memory of their four officers who were killed in the line of duty on November 29, 2009. The Food Drive has grown to honor all officers who died in the line of duty and is a way for law enforcement to give back to their communities.

In Snohomish and Skagit County, the Food Drive occurs during the week of November 26th – 29th. To help support this event, the public is welcome to dro
p off food and/or cash donations at the agencies and community partners listed below, during normal business hours.

The Fallen Officers Food Drive donations will go to local food networks who serve those in need. In Snohomish County, agencies partnered with Volunteers of America (VOA) while Skagit County agencies joined with the Skagit County Community Action organization.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the Fallen Officers Food Drive effort:

Snohomish County:
-Everett Police Department
-Lake Stevens Police Department
-Lynnwood Police Department
-SnoPac 911
-Stillaguamish Tribal Police Department

Skagit County:
-Anacortes Police Department
-Burlington Police Department
-Mount Vernon Police Department
-Sedro Wooley Police Department
-Skagit 911
-Skagit County Sheriff’s Office

Community businesses and associations taking part in the event:

-AFK Tavern (Everett)
-Boeing Employees Credit Union (Everett)
-B-T Development Company (Everett)
-Chase Bank (Everett Branch)
-Crystal Springs Apartments (Everett)
-Epping Properties (Everett)
-Espresso Ave (Everett)
-Expedia (Bellevue)
-Gold Creek Community Church (Mill Creek)
-Ivar’s Seafood Bar (Everett)
-La Cuesta Mexican Restaurant (Everett)
-Play It Again Sports (Marysville)
-Silver Lake Terrace (Everett)
-Snohomish County Apartment Operators
Association (Everett)
-Sonitrol Pacific (Everett)
-The Everett Clinic (All locations)
-Vinaccios (Marysville)
-Wal-Mart (Everett)

Dates To Remember:

November 29th:
The Everett Police Department will man donation sites from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at both the North and South Precincts:
North Precinct: 3002 Wetmore Ave, Everett, WA 98201
South Precinct: 1121 SE Everett Mall Way, Everett WA 98208

December 1st & 2nd:
Skagit 911 and local law enforcement will man donation sites at Haggen Northwest Fresh stores from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. in Burlington and Mount Vernon to honor Deputy Anne Jackson:
Burlington: 757 Haggen Drive, Burlington, WA 98233
Mount Vernon: 2601 East Division, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

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Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares to Film in Downtown Everett

November 26, 2012

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Kitchen Nightmares

Gordon Ramsay is set to film in Everett early next month

According to a posting on Twitter, Kitchen Nightmares is looking for diners as they film an upcoming episode at Prohibition Grille in Everett. If you’re interested in eating at Prohibition Grille while they film, send an email to everettrest@gmail.com. In the subject line put Prohibition Grille. They’ll get back to you with a thank you and send you a quick survey. Questions range from the number of times you eat out per week, to who makes the best comfort food in town, to how familiar you are with Prohibition Grille. Reservations will be confirmed on a first come first served basis. If selected you’ll have to pay for your own meal and must be age 18 or over. I spoke with Rishi, who owns the Prohibition Grille, but she politely told me that she could not comment at all about the show. Kitchen Nightmares is currently filming at Yanni’s Greek Restaurant in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood in Seattle and Everett is the next stop for the popular Fox show. You can click here to learn more about Kitchen Nightmares.

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