Our sweeties at the ole City of Kirkland have been busy! They recently approved our first retail marijuana business license. That's right. Here we go. And in true Kirkland style, it is a boutique. No ghetto pot shops here, that's fo-sho. Please kindly welcome the Higher Leaf Marijuana Boutique that is located on 12525 Willows Rd NE, Suite 60. And since I am the city guinea pig appointed to try all new things, it looks like I may have to take one for the team. It makes me sleepy just thinking about it, and I may have misplaced my old Grateful Dead t-shirt from college. Hours are Mon-Thurs 11-8, Fri- Sat 11-10 and Sun 12-5. They are praising the high quality of their product and that it is locally and sustainably grown. So there's that. And I think their webmaster has been hitting the bong too because they want us to know that they opened on "Febraury 13th." 425-820-5967 or firstname.lastname@example.org will get you better info.
In case that wasn't excitement enough for one month, the city council just approved a plastic bag reduction policy ordinance. Maybe you should bring your reusable eco-friendly bags when heading to Higher Leaf? Don't freak out quite yet, you can still accumulate your dog poopie bags until March 1, 2016, at which point retailers will be restricted from using single-use disposable plastic bags. Retailers both large and small will be required to charge customers a five cent fee for each large recyclable paper bag they distribute. There are a few exceptions- bags for bulk food, hardware, frozen meats, take-out food, newspaper and dry-cleaning (there's got to be a better method for dry cleaners??). Kirkland is following the lead of places like Seattle, Issaquah, Bellingham, Shoreline and Mercer Island that have adopted similar policies. I think this should be a good step for our environmental awareness, but there are lots of people pitching a fit. Let's see how it goes! Maybe it will give me some extra incentive to stop forgetting my re-usable bags in my trunk? The plastic bag reduction policy is here. There is also a recycling hotline for residents and businesses at 425-587-3812 or email@example.com. The city will be giving away about 10,000 reusable bags this summer/fall. Some will go directly to low-income residents through Hopelink while others will be distributed at City Hall and at local events.