Senior center suspends cannabis education

Feb 15, 2018


The series of educational programs designed to provide seniors in the community an opportunity to learn more about the medical benefits of cannabis were abruptly canceled by the director of the Mill Creek Senior Center.

The classes for March and April have been rescheduled at senior facilities in Bothell and Shoreline.

“Nobody called to demand the classes be canceled,” Terry Schuler said. “The decision was mine. The classes were moved after I realized that Mill Creek has a moratorium on all things related to marijuana and cannabis. We did not want to upset anybody at City Hall.”

Schuler said the senior center wanted to offer education to seniors, not promote the use of marijuana. She said nothing has been mentioned regarding the scheduled classes on the opioid epidemic.

“The center was simply offering alternatives for seniors who suffer from restless leg syndrome and for those who have trouble getting a good night’s sleep.”

The city imposed a moratorium on the sale and distribution of cannabis in May of 2014, one year before voters in Washington approved Initiative 502 that legalized recreational marijuana. Under guidelines issued by the state, the city has the authority to allow two retail cannabis outlets.

More than two dozen seniors attended the second in a series of educational sessions at the senior center adjacent to City Hall in January presented by Andria Jaggers, manager of the Thoerum retail cannabis store in Kenmore.

“Is the city trying to take away the ability to educate ourselves on ways we can improve the quality of our lives?” asked one senior who declined to be identified. “We need this kind of information, and should not be denied the ability to educate ourselves.”

The city did not ask that the sessions be cancelled or moved out of Mill Creek, according to Joni Kirk, the city’s director of Communications and Marketing.

“We had heard nothing about the class at the senior center,” Kirk said. “The senior center is a community organization that is supported by the city, but we are not in the business of telling them what programs they can or cannot have.

“The city has its own full agenda of priorities over the next few months.”

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