For more information, go see the marijuana site at the UW's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute.

UNDERAGE DRINKING: The Mercer Island Underage Drinking Ordinance went into effect in early 2012. This "social host ordinance" makes it a civil infraction for those in control of a property to allow underage drinking gatherings on that premise. According to a voluntary survey of Mercer Island parents, 95% support police enforcing underage drinking laws. MICTC supports this ordinance and the message it sends to all Island parents to join a majority of thier peers and set firm limits against underage drinking. Together, we can make a difference--already there are 10% fewer high school seniors reporting using alcohol in the past 30 days as compared to 2006.

Furnishing liquor to minors:  RCW 66.44.270

(1) It is unlawful for any person to sell, give, or otherwise supply liquor to any person under the age of twenty-one years or permit any person under that age to consume liquor on his or her premises or on any premises under his or her control. For the purposes of this subsection, "premises" includes real property, houses, buildings, and other structures, and motor vehicles and watercraft. A violation of this subsection is a gross misdemeanor punishable as provided for in chapter 9A.20 RCW.

Washington Laws

Information for Parents
Communities that Care, Mercer Island, Washington 98040
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Mercer Island Communities that Care offers a Safe Parties Guide for Teens which parents may find quite useful:
    Parents are the Best Teachers For Healthy Choices


Initiative 502 has legalized the recreational use of marijuana and marijuana-infused products for adults over age 21 in Washington.  All marijuana use by minors remains a crime and furnishing marijuana to minors is a felony.  There is a "zero tolerance" policy for minors driving under the influence with any marijuana in in their system and there is a new threshold for adults driving while impaired by marijuana (5 nangroams active THC per millilitre of whole blood).  There is no legal way to purchase recreational marijuana and marijuana-infused products until state licensed stores open (projected June 2014).  

Marijuana used for medicinal purposes is allowable under Washington Law with an authorization from certain health care providers.  This marijuana can be sourced at "collective gardens".  Marijuana dispensaries are not legal in Washington.  Prescription marijuana (derivatives of the plant in pill form) is dosed and FDA approved and is available from medical doctors and sourced at pharmacies.  

CTC remains concerned that "medical marijuana" (same as that purchased illeagally or on the street) is increasingly a source of marijuana for youth who use it.  The AMA does not recommend marijuana to be used as medicine.  Always consult with your healthcare provider.

All marijuana use remains illegal under federal law.  This means that DEA agents for example, can arrest anyone using, growing, or possessing marijuana.  The conflict between state and federal law is not resolved.

Of particular concern to CTC are marijuana infused edibles, allowable now under I-502.  This new law establishes a commercial marijuana industry (similar to tobacco and alcohol) in Washington State.  We have learned from these industries that also deal in addictive substances, that youth and addicts are typically targeted with advertising.  Some experts have also predicted commerialization will bring a greater focus on the infused edible market--a segment with products that can be pariicularly appealing to youth including THC-infused candies, baked goods, and snacks.

Hash oil (distilled and concentrated THC), is currently projected to be legal and available in stores.  This product is used for vaporizing or "dabbing" and is increasingly popular among youth and youth adults.